Welcome to Creativity Kick start!
Starting with a Single Note9:07
Sometimes the strictest of restrictions and limitation push you to be creative in unusual ways and areas. Explore some ideas on how to spark a multitude of ideas you might not otherwise have come up with by limiting yourself to working with a single pitch.
Working with Two Notes10:05
Starting with two notes opens up additional possibilities including inversion, irregular repetition, and sequential repetition. See some examples of how you can take two randomly generated notes in different directions.
Creative Copying - Bass Lines11:16
Well known iconic parts in commercial arrangements make great fodder for inspiration. Watch as a few well known bass lines are removed from their original context, and used as the basis for new ideas.
Creative Copying - Keys13:38
Keyboard rhythms and patterns, divorced form their note pitches, make great building blocks for keyboard parts built on other chord progressions. Listen to a few ideas inspired by keyboard parts from Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Sister Sledge.
Creative Copying - Drums7:00
Programming up drum parts similar to those on your favorite recordings are a nice way to start building some new ideas. Listen as some programmed Justin Timberlake and Maroon Five grooves are used to start off some ideas.
Single Dice Games13:04
Explore some ways that a randomly generated number can be used as the basis for melodic and harmonic patterns.
Double Dice Games12:20
Explore some melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic exercise ideas derived from two randomly generated numbers.
Triple Dice Games8:49
More writing exercises, this time built on three randomly generated numbers.
Sometimes snippets of dialogue or fragments of existing lyrics can be used to inspire melodic phrases. It's not necessary to be a singer in order to use these phrases as the basis for new melodic ideas. Watch as a few phrases are used to inspire and create original melodies.
Developing Your Ideas4:34
Explore some specific techniques for developing a motif or melodic fragment.
Listen as vocalist Nancy Lane is let loose creating her own melodic ideas over some of the patterns created throughout this series.
Do you sometimes find it hard to get started with a new song or musical idea? Well, studio guru Eli Krantzberg shares some of his awesome techniques to help get your creative juices flowing. Learn solid methods for inspiring new ideas and write your next masterpiece!
Eli kicks this series off by taking a look at how limiting yourself to a single pitch can spark ideas and how starting with two randomly generated notes can open up additional possibilities. Next, Eli shows how well known iconic parts in commercial arrangements make great inspiration for bass, keys and drum parts.
Moving on, Eli shows you how a simple roll of the dice can be a great tool for building melodic and harmonic patterns, as well as how using fragments of existing lyrics can inspire your own original melodic phrases. Eli wraps up with some specific techniques for developing a motif before letting a vocalist loose, creating their own melodic ideas over the patterns created throughout the series.
If you're looking ways to help you unlock your writing block and let the creativity flow, "Creativity Kickstart" is a must see... Check it out today!
Submitted 4 months ago
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase
Submitted 9 months ago
as i learned more and more on the technical side of things i find myself becoming less creative and this series has some great ideas to improve that by limiting yourself, also the teacher is a nice listen with a ton of knowledge
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, FL Studio
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