Creative Cycle: Time for Learning

10 Jul

A handsome young man, allegedly the son of our Composer of Music for Art, has been prodding said Composer to write something a little more substantial and of higher quality.

alleged offspring

Fortunately, a fellow composer picked up one of our girl’s short loops, a clip called “hard breathing fairy”(hard breathing fairy) and incorporated it into a really cool percussion groove called “concentrate”. (concentrate)

The stage was thus set, with this awesome drum groove, for a stretch to higher plains for our humble Composer.

Since her focus recently has been on using some concepts from 12-tone compositional technique in her work, she decided to apply this technique to the “concentrate” groove.

In a truly inspired session, brass track and bass track were created, utilizing some interesting tone-rows in combination.  And most recently a guitar track was added.

But then came that moment of truth, that common point fairly early in the creative cycle, when we are not altogether sure what we are doing, and we need to catch our breath a bit.  We need to evaluate our work, to better understand what is underlying our work, all with the goal of creating a stronger organization and unity in the work which we hope will speak to the quality and power of the final product.

In the case of our Composer, she needed to come to terms with the harmonic implications of the combination of brass loop and bass loop, and to then review her choice of  notes for the guitar solo.  After some struggle, some resistance, she understood that a rather tedious, measure by measure, analysis was required, to ensure proper note selection in the guitar solo.  This was an important moment of learning.  It was a recognition, a deeper understanding that we cannot arrive effectively at point “Z”, until we have properly achieved points “W”, “X” and “Y”.  And there is learning in the tedium of the process itself, as our composer works to avoid the daydreaming and “emoting” which simply prolongs a necessary, fairly straightforward analytical process necessary to move her to the next point in her creative process.

Happily, you are far more patient than our Composer, and you recognize not only the importance of going through this analytical work, taking time to iron out the details of your work, but you recognize also that this “tedium” is in fact an opportunity for great joy, because it is in this detailed, tiny baby steps work, that you are fully engaged as an artist, as a partner with the Creator.  And the fact that you have discovered the need for this very detailed work, and that you are engaged in it, is a sure sign that your project is on track.  And you can look forward, in the fullness of time, to sharing out an awesome new creation.

spark on!


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