Composing music day-in, day-out for an extended period will inevitably lead to creative exhaustion. So how do you summon up inspiration to produce music?
Below are a few tips for stimulating your inner artist if the three cups of coffee that morning don't have the same effect they used to.
Do something Completely Different
This is probably the most obvious solution. Take a day off, go somewhere new, meet with friends, or just sit in a coffee shop with a book.
It might be a tough thing to do if composing is your only source of income, but believe me, after a couple of hours/days away from your regular routine your mind and body will start to relax. Which is much better for your productivity in the long term and will only refresh your creative juices.
Watch some TV
Not in the ‘eat pizza and dribble down your t-shirt’ sense of course.
Switch on a TV and scan the TV shows and adverts for musical ideas. This can be a shortcut to inspiration. Plus you can be safe in the knowledge that the type of music you have just heard (and therefore are likely to compose) is commercially viable for production libraries.
Flip your Workflow
When you begin a track, do you have a preferred way of working?
Do you start with the chord progression first, the melody, the percussion? If you do, next time try the opposite direction. This simple switch can be enough to fire up your enthusiasm.
Score a Movie
One of the trickiest problems when coming up with production music ideas is trying to come up with the initial theme. A way around this is to find a scene in a movie or TV show and compose some music to it. The final track will naturally have its own mood and style relative to the scene you scored.