Concentrating on your work – especially creative work that needs a bit of inspiration – seems to be the hot topic these days, but it’s that for a reason.
The modern man with all his contemporary digital distractions, let alone non-digital ones brought on by life, can get in the way of one’s creative process and gnaw on one’s inspiration.
This can stop the juices from flowing, and certain principles can be of help.
There’s been some notes for a blog post on my notepad for a while, but I just haven’t found the right time to do it. Today, I was so inspired by some tweets as well as blog posts by friends Andrew Apanov and Resound (who always have some grrrreat stuff to say regarding productivity, productions, promotion, and all that sort biz and keeping it all zen and stuff) that I felt it’s time to get busy with a bit of bloggery.
Whussup Ableton heads (and everybody interested in it)! I did a tutorial video about using chains in Ableton Live.
In this video, I’m mixing a mono bass using chains and give it a little bit of stereo width to bring it up in the mix a bit.
Gotta love chains!
Having made music for 20 years, I’ve learned to not stress about it when you feel like you’ve lost your inspiration.
Give it some time, and it will come to you – but looking for it and spending energy on it doesn’t help very often.
Leave your place of work/art, take a walk, and most importantly, do something relaxing that frees your mind from any sort of obsessive thinking.
That will give your consciousness space, which in turn gives your ideas energy, and you’ll be back on track again.
Just don’t force it.
Here’s a quick way to do an effects rack in Ableton Live so you can switch between effects real quick using only one knob and feel like a knobbery king.
It’s amazing for some badass live-ism, of course. It does get you all the chicks (fact: it may only get you some beard-strokers in the front so I take no responsibility here).
As I was pretty happy with how my last production-related blog post came out and how nicely it was received, I started feeling that I might make a new one, and I’ve been making notes on my notebook for a while.
So, let’s put those notes into a blog post.
I’d like to share a bit of my philosophy behind getting music done.
It’s easy to do a technical tutorial on how to perform something with a sequencer, but it’s different telling people something that has to do with the mental side of things rather than technical.
All these points are something that I often have to remind myself about and I’ve found that it works. Being a freelancer, I often have a gazillion things on the go and sometimes it’s tricky trying to focus on actually giving making music what it requires if you really want to get something done instead of browsing social media, doing emails, catching up with latest news, etc.