Where does your will to make music come from?
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Level 22 Pedagogist
post #97814 :: 2018.03.24 2:02pm :: edit 2018.03.24 2:10pm
  MiDoRi, Apsarah, goluigi, Savestate, Jangler and Cessor Safari liēkd this
Hi! sometimes good and bad things happens that affect your life, and you have to stand a bit to determine what's good or not for you

so there i am, realizing 80% of the communities i'm in are music related, while ironically having a not strong enough will to make them, since i deal with stuff that daily sucks my passion out

i can't help that BUT i want my long forgotten will to make music shine again, so i though it would be a good idea to ask botbrs so i may assimilate some of what moves you

what inspires you to make music?

any experience or ideal helps! thaanks a lot in advance!~ :D
Level 21 Mixist
post #97815 :: 2018.03.24 2:29pm :: edit 2018.03.24 2:29pm
  bigSmonkinLoser, sen-pi, gyms98SE, Post-retro, Apsarah, goluigi, Savestate, Cessor Safari, Jangler, Dimeback and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
i used to just wake up and suddenly have musical ideas all the time but that's started to slow down bc of school and adult things, so now I mess around and jam on an instrument to get that first kernel of an idea. even if i still don't get any ideas for an actual song, making some noise on a piano or guitar or whatever just makes me feel better.

idk if you play an instrument already but if you don't you really really really really should, it makes everything so much easier if you have something you can just pull out and make noise on for 30 minutes

i still get out of the blue song ideas once in a while but i think those come from me thinking about a feeling or an image and then subconsciously trying to convert that into music. sometimes it's a simple feeling like seeing a cute bird in the park and other times it's a complex one like the feeling of living in an objectively better place but still longing for your shitty boring hometown
Level 7 Mixist
post #97816 :: 2018.03.24 2:46pm
  Apsarah, goluigi, charlotte, Quirby64 and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
"what inspires you to make music?"...

Beauty, Truth and Love...
Level 23 Chipist
post #97826 :: 2018.03.24 4:39pm :: edit 2018.03.24 5:01pm
  Minerscale, Post-retro, null1024, Apsarah and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
partly just because it's something to do. also because i like learning and trying out new things. Also if i want to hear music i like i can imitate stuff that i've heard before that i know i like and then I get something new that i like (unless my thing was really shit).

Also it's motivating to have people post OHBs because then there's more pressure to make something, and it's nice if it's something good but it's more about doing something first and assessing if it's good later.

Also I'm an attention whore.
winning ohbs
Level 14 Playa
post #97828 :: 2018.03.24 4:48pm :: edit 2018.03.24 5:09pm
  mootbooxle, Apsarah and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this

Ok, serious answer. 'Will' is hard to pin-point for me. I hardly have the will to make music. Like I have inspiration and ideas, but not the will or motivation to actually learn how to make music. It is very demotivating to me that I can't formulate ideas I have or even copy things I like reliably.

I'm not sure whether competitions really help me. I enjoy them from time to time and I believe they are what makes this community great.

I feel the most "inspired" using a modular synth. Using it is very meditative to me. But I don't really make music with it :P
Maybe you can find a way to make music that is relaxing to you and not draining.
Level 23 Grafxicist
post #97829 :: 2018.03.24 5:31pm
  goluigi and Slimeball liēkd this
  Cessor Safari hæitd this
my what now
Level 27 Chipist
post #97830 :: 2018.03.24 6:02pm :: edit 2018.03.24 6:07pm
  mootbooxle, sleeparrow, Apsarah, Jangler, Dimeback, petet, tennisers, Savestate, ViLXDRYAD and VinCMG liēkd this
it comes and goes, the will. at first i was worried when it would go for a couple of months, until i got used to it being like a cyclical event. but when i _am_ motivated, it can be because of all manner of factors;

-new format/new tracker/workflow/technique
-new music theory practice/compositional improvement/genre/paradigm/response to cc
-because i just like the format
-ive done the format before but feel i havent done the format justice yet
-promotion for others to use a particular format/tracker/thing
-to dilute the amt of cutecore in compos :))))))
-therapy/process management
-because i know that some people might like it
-to feel less bad about stuff made in the past
-because channel f
Level 27 Renderist
post #97831 :: 2018.03.24 6:02pm
  mootbooxle, zanzans laptop, Apsarah and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
fickleness and proof of concept
Level 23 Mixist
post #97832 :: 2018.03.24 6:05pm
  Apsarah and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
I think you need to sharpen your focus and filter out the things that don't ultimately help you make music and stay creative.
Level 12 Mixist
post #97833 :: 2018.03.24 7:58pm :: edit 2018.03.24 8:00pm
  Apsarah liēkd this
I want to make music, but more importantly, I want to make good music. I see other people around me and think, "Wow, I really have a long ways to go." What inspired me to make music and the reason I still am is just listening to stuff I thought was really good and/or interesting. Maybe just look around at other artists or find one that you've never heard of before?

edit: to be honest though my willpower comes through eating sweet potatoes and peanut butter. ;D
Level 21 Chipist
post #97834 :: 2018.03.24 8:03pm
  sleeparrow, Apsarah and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
Internalizing my experiences.
Level 13 Mixist
post #97837 :: 2018.03.24 8:21pm
  sleeparrow, Apsarah and tennisers liēkd this
I always wanted to compose my own food but my music is one of the many many things that suck less than it.
Level 27 Chipist
post #97838 :: 2018.03.24 10:15pm
  sleeparrow, Apsarah, Savestate and tennisers liēkd this
ohbs or neurosis
Level 18 Mixist
post #97842 :: 2018.03.25 2:46am
  tennisers and Tiido liēkd this
stress time limits, the like. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Level 23 Chipist
post #97843 :: 2018.03.25 4:23am
  DBOYD, mootbooxle, VinCMG, Apsarah and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
Habit. If your daily habit when you get home is launching a tracker and putting some notes in, it won't matter if you feel like doing it or not.
Level 17 Chipist
post #97844 :: 2018.03.25 8:47am
  ViLXDRYAD and Sintel liēkd this
Fortifying and expressing myself as an animal with cognitive and creative abilities and spiritual needs B)) Bringing glory to Mama Helvetia, Mama Europa, Mama Gaia and bliss to those of its people who share the cause or at least appreciate the results aesthetically. Music is not enough though, as the man of the renaissance demands knowledge in "all" arts.. All glory and praise to Nature and only one wife and one piece of land and one house for me; that is if i live up to deserve it, or rather have the guts to take what the universe has to offer as a reward for bravery and/or endurance..
Level 0 n00b
post #97848 :: 2018.03.25 12:16pm
  Slimeball and ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
I am new to this site, never really opened up before but here goes! Mainly videogame music composers like Nobuo Uematsu, Tommy Tallarico, Frederic Motte etc, the seasons (summer, autumn...), daily things in life like rain, snow, a passing storm, seeing a frog among some toadstools yadda yadda. I can't read or write music, bits of music just come to me and I play and record them so I can add to them later.

I love making music but I always feel insignificant compared to other peoples amazing compositions that I often get discouraged. Anything in life gives me inspiration but If I forget to record it, it is gone forever.

My will for music is infinitely stronger than the will of things I am actually qualified to do. I don't know where it came from but I am thankful it is there.
Level 14 Mixist
post #97886 :: 2018.03.25 7:20pm
  sleeparrow, MiDoRi and tennisers liēkd this
I don't know.
Level 10 Chipist
post #97941 :: 2018.03.26 4:34pm :: edit 2018.03.26 4:42pm
  mootbooxle, ivel, Savestate, gotoandplay, tennisers, Jangler and Slimeball liēkd this
hey i don't wake up with inspiration or energy im too old for that fake shit. grow up if you have energy or are young tbh

^i write parody zanzan posts in my head like the above and then i get mad enough about imaginary responses in IRC that I write music about it

hey it's a really small effect to be told your music is nice when it came out of paranoid mania. you know when you are on twitter and someone posts about their life being in disarray and their avenues out of that life being incredibly limited and artificially blocked and you click Like on it out of support but robbed of context you just said "That's nice" to a cry of desperation

i wish my music was extreme in any way i listened to so much shit black metal and noise in my last.fm phase that i'd feel stupid to do it


http://www.uwosh.edu/coehs/cmagproject/ethnomath/legend/legend9.htm all my songs are about people who could find something in this story to question
Level 6 Mixist
post #97942 :: 2018.03.26 4:52pm
  mootbooxle and Slimeball liēkd this
I've been making music since forever. I joined a marching band playing the trumpet at age 7, got a keyboard when I was 11, bought an electric guitar when I was 15. So making music was always something I was doing. After high school I studied sound engineering, which helped a lot with my production and recording skills.

I don't know where my desire to make music comes from, it's just something I've been doing for all my life. It seems weird to stop now :D
Level 12 Chipist
post #97946 :: 2018.03.26 5:16pm
  tennisers liēkd this
It comes and goes, but it's a constant itch to feed the beast. FWIW, I was feeling particularly uninspired a few weeks ago and found this interview with a fellow musician inspiring:

Level 22 Mixist
post #97956 :: 2018.03.26 7:45pm
  ctrnr, mootbooxle, Savestate, Jangler and sleeparrow liēkd this
this isnt a joke, i make music cause i think people would forget i was there if i didnt make some kind of weird saw wave noises from time to time
Level 27 Chipist
post #97963 :: 2018.03.26 9:32pm :: edit 2018.03.28 2:38am
  Post-retro, mootbooxle, Sintel, Savestate, sleeparrow and tennisers liēkd this
  Cessor Safari hæitd this
helps give exotic backstory for the social media cult i am raising like a tamagochi game in my spare time. also divine visions

edit: ok not really. it's just an excellent tool to reconcile stuff floating around in my head
Level 20 Mixist
post #97974 :: 2018.03.27 8:30am
  Dimeback, Savestate, MiDoRi, goluigi, Grumskiz, tennisers and gotoandplay liēkd this
it's worth noting that i feel almost no correlation between having ideas, wanting to make music, and feeling inspired. most of the time if i have an idea before i start, i have to force myself to sit down anyway. dunno why.

maybe transcription is draining to me. or trying to focus to keep tame the many branches of ideas that grow just intimidates me.

anyway, sometimes i write to chill out.

sometimes i write to beat you in an OHB. that's fun.

sometimes i write because it makes me feel immortal, like i can leave a mark on this world. an unjudged, well-examined mark. as though, somehow, i couldn't be taken as insincere through my music. like my spirit could just be preserved in some little tunes and maybe my great-great-grandkids could get to know me just by listening.

i'd say it's pretty much split even 3 ways between those modi operandi.
Level 23 Mixist
post #98068 :: 2018.03.29 12:37am
  Savestate liēkd this
slicing meat at a deli
Level 22 Pedagogist
post #98082 :: 2018.03.29 9:34am
Thaanks you so much, everyone! :D most advices really helped out! specially VinCMG one of playing a instrument; i instantly plugged the keyboard after a long while and jammed to it for hours, enjoyed it a lot and also gave me good ideas to write some music, it was really motivating and i actually encourage everyone to do so!~ x3

btw please don't talk about death that is the topic itself that sucks my vitality i have to deal with that everyday and the angst it produces me goes to the point my heart started to fail since months, and ultimately lose the passion to do anything thanks

i think music itself is a great way to recover from bad times, i now realize that's a good motivation enough to push oneself to do it
Level 10 Playa
post #98115 :: 2018.03.30 11:15pm
  ViLXDRYAD liēkd this
For me, my will comes from my desire to tell a story in a multimedia fashion, and music is only a piece of that puzzle. I've gotten the majority of my inspiration from having a solid purpose and/or mood that I wanted to convey for a particular reason. I mostly got really into this kinda stuff when I started getting into rpg maker (and game maker, but not quite as much due to Effort).
I try to do stuff over here occasionally, but usually my personal projects tend to call my attention better.
Level 21 Mixist
post #98121 :: 2018.03.31 7:23am
  Cessor Safari, sleeparrow, Rainbow Dash and Jimmyoshi liēkd this
Level 9 Mixist
post #98130 :: 2018.03.31 12:16pm
  mootbooxle, ViLXDRYAD and Savestate liēkd this
mine ebbs and flows in congruence with how my life is generally going. I tend to get into 'flow' with music and feel driven to create more often when I'm generally feeling good/fit/energetic/healthy and am enabled to live more freely and experience life as I want to. I can create music without feeling inspired but I end up hating it

competition is a good driving factor too, but its heavily fueled by my ego and gets pretty exhausting after a while
Level 23 Mixist
post #98262 :: 2018.04.04 11:56am
  Cessor Safari, mootbooxle, Xaser, Slimeball, tennisers and goluigi liēkd this
absolutely nothing at this point and i wouldn't have it any other way. the music's just there and all that has to happen is just simply acknowledging it. it may be brilliance or it may be utter drivel, but that's life in a nutshell. :D
Level 30 Mixist
post #98274 :: 2018.04.05 1:56am
  Post-retro, Baron Knoxburry, BubblegumOctopus, Slimeball, Sintel, Robyn and goluigi liēkd this
My relationship with music is constantly in flux. There is never a time when I don't love music, or do it as a career, and as a stress relief, a hobby, a meditative aid, a form of self-expression, and so on. However, my perspective on the role music "should" play in my current lifetime is always changing.

I was bitter for many years at the sorry state the music industry had gotten into, right about the time when I was beginning to gain the confidence and skill necessary to really do something "big". I've finally learned to accept that none of this was an accident and that there is a very good reason why I haven't "made it" (whatever that means today) yet, and may never.
My current perspective on the matter is that any sort of major commercial success that may cause a drastic change in lifestyle or attachments, at least for now, would derail all of my higher goals in life. I'm in the middle of a major test right now. Undergoing some profound changes in my consciousness as a result of the difficult things I've been facing. I know this probably sounds cryptic.
I'm writing a book about it.

Back on the subject more specifically, all I can really say is that, in hindsight, it appears that my lifelong compulsion to absorb and create music is tied to my lifelong compulsion to express and connect with Source/Creator/God. I do a lot of music for reasons other than that compulsion (such as my need to eat and pay bills), but that is the prime mover. That's what gets me out of bed every day. I'm so overjoyed to have reached my goal of making music my sole source of income. I certainly ain't rich, but I'm making it!

Sorry for the long-winded mystical whatever. This is me lately.
Level 18 Mixist
post #98275 :: 2018.04.05 2:27am
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Level 15 Chipist
post #98289 :: 2018.04.05 2:27pm
  Uteprin, Post-retro, Xemogasa, Slimeball and Cessor Safari liēkd this
i have the will to do music because fuck school.
Level 23 Mixist
post #98339 :: 2018.04.08 3:46pm :: edit 2018.04.08 3:47pm
  mootbooxle, BubblegumOctopus and Robyn liēkd this
Music isn't just one singular thing so I don't have one singular will, or reason, to make it or work on it. I could make music any day, in any style, and for any reason, but am I going to sit down and compose my Magnum Opus every time? Probably not, but I can take baby steps each day and slowly approach what I perceive as "good music". I might practice scales on guitar in the morning with some coffee, or get really high and fiddle with serum for a few hours late at night. Either way I'm staying creative and having fun!
Level 24 Chipist
post #98348 :: 2018.04.09 7:41am
  Post-retro, Lukas Eriksson, MiDoRi, Cessor Safari, Slimeball, mootbooxle and mk7 liēkd this
procrastination of more important things, basically.. >:C
Level 18 Mixist
post #104160 :: 2018.10.02 3:36pm
  ieilenj92, Modus Ponens, Cessor Safari, Post-retro, Dimeback, Baron Knoxburry, kleeder and Lia liēkd this
a girl once broke up with me for a drummer
Level 27 Chipist
post #104165 :: 2018.10.02 6:12pm
mostly just "oh hey, there's $INSERT_EVENT_HERE and I should enter!"
Like, after ages of not making any kind of game at all, the game jam got me to actually complete a game.

and I'll probably enter the metal compo
and that'll be all my media output until something else that seems interesting to enter shows up again
Level 7 Chipist
post #104171 :: 2018.10.03 6:38am
when i feel like it
like, it's kind of like an urge to create something or work on a sketch
Level 11 Chipist
post #104173 :: 2018.10.03 8:02am
  Post-retro liēkd this
I just noodle around on a guitar until I come up with something that sounds alright, or just throw a couple of chords up on some daw and see what sticks. sunflower seeds tea bee heich
Level 23 Chipist
post #104179 :: 2018.10.03 3:12pm :: edit 2018.10.03 3:12pm
  sethdonut, DCT Master and kleeder liēkd this
i just want to be remembered

someday i'm going to write a proper symphony, but i'm not good enough yet

so my motivation is to become good enough
Level 0 n00b
post #104215 :: 2018.10.05 4:25pm
  MiDoRi liēkd this
My will to make music comes at random, really. Sometimes an idea of a song pops up in my head, but unfortunately most of the time once I'm finally able to go on my PC to try and track it, i forget how it went or it just ends up sounding not the way I wanted it to, thus I scrap it.
Level 0 n00b
post #104219 :: 2018.10.05 6:32pm
  DCT Master liēkd this
Tea inspires me so much. When I drink tea, and drink it a lot, I just get absorbed by the process of making art or music, the Flow, which gives me that ability to sit for hours staying concentrated on the art media i'm working with. It takes much time to get proficient with the media but as soon as I'm able to express at least a little bit of an image the Tea Flow brings into my mind - the process becomes a pure joy, and as I become more and more confident when I make something, the Joy of Creation also becomes stronger. So the process of creation is already a reward. Knowing that people also enjoy things you're making multiplies it significantly.
Level 24 Chipist
post #104238 :: 2018.10.06 11:13am
  MiDoRi liēkd this
Hell yea, I love talking about myself, especially in a 7-month old thread.

The most productive and inspired I've ever been was when I made an alt account on 8bc and posted random shit. Incidentally, this spawned the best music I made to this date.

inhibitions r sux
life's too short to have ridiculous self-imposed standards
the world seems borked real gud
and yet I must be deeply in love with it
that's what inspires me

no talking death, you say?
oops, well, reminding myself of my own impermanence does put everything into perspective and makes me that much more courageous AND stops me from wasting time on what isn't important according to my deepest feelies. that said, there's no doubt i'd run to my mommy all scared all over again, should death decide to stare me in the face.

Sadly, nowadays, hacking away at computers = physical pain and I'm not hot enough at any instrument to live-record. Wanna get back into this shit, though. BotB is the perfect platform to forget your standards and be creative l0l. No hard feelings, always loved this place for the laidbackness.
Level 0 n00b
post #104240 :: 2018.10.06 11:51am
  sethdonut hæitd this
  Post-retro liēkd this
I mostly just do it for fun. I'm not very good at it though :/

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