One problem I’ve been experiencing with composition lately is having difficulty sitting down and consciously trying to construct a planned and thought out piece of music.
Despite being tentative with compositions, I feel much more confident about my improvised creations. I can – from time to time – make something up on the spot and be really pleased by it. The problem is, once it’s released out into the world, there’s no way of getting it back. I talked with friends over dinner this past weekend who often experienced a similar phenomenon; that’s when I decided to do something about it.
Instead of letting these improvised pieces escape, I’ve been playing with the computer’s sound recorder constantly on in the background. I’ve plucked out the good bits and tried to stick them together; its still a work in progress but more progress is definitely being made than when I’ve tried to sit still and consciously construct music.