What does it take to make a fine piece of electronic music?
How many times have you had that special inspirational moment and thought that that was it – you were going to write a piece that will leave its mark in the whole genre? If the answer is ‘never’ then perhaps, you should stop reading this article and start doing something else, as it probably will not make the right kind of connection with you.
For all of you out there, who are going to keep trying, read on. This will be so obviously familiar that it might actually surprise you that you will find it helpful with stimulating and reassuring your inner cacophony of impulses about what is right, and what is wrong.
Firstly, let us clarify two things. If you are going to be an electronic music genius, keep in mind the two most likely scenarios. In both, the world of arts and the world of science, there are two types of geniuses. First one is like getting lucky with lottery numbers, which means that you might hit the spot quite randomly and produce something special without much structure or planning. Second scenario though, is not so Hollywood-movie-like sounding, however it is much more likely as it puts you in control over your faith.
So what is it then? Well, this model consists of hard and persistent work with appropriate education or acquisition of knowledge that makes you fit for handling a vast variety of variables that make the special kind of music. Do not get discouraged by the fact that most of the famous artists and scientists have dedicated their entire lives to, often, one line of research or style. Remember that we are talking about electronic music here and should not detach ourselves too much from the scientific, as this is one music style that unites science, futurism and art, and that is what makes it so special and beautiful.
So what do you have to do?
- Life is busy, so you have to make time for your music or give up right now.
- Be innovative, but research as lot. Knowledge is a good catalyst for inspiration.
- Organize your files and samples, keep history of your progress and track versions.
- Do not give up. Take a break and compose when you compose yourself first.
- Mistakes should not discourage you if you simply try to avoid repeating them.
- Others might not always understand. If you are sure it is good, then it is good.
- Do not slave to equipment and software; it is an idea that you are hunting.