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How Do You Clear Your Mind?
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SunPulse
I'm finding it really difficult to clear my mind of songs I randomly pick up on in stores, the gym, etc. There have been so many times when I'll be working out a melody in my head and I'll go into a store for a minute and wham!!!, what I have had in my mind is replaced by whatever song was playing in the store. Even worse, it can then get stuck there for days endlessly repeating a part of the chorus. Even worse then that, it will be some song I don't even like. It's like the ear worm gets in my head and then lays eggs, and raises a brood of torturous choruses.

How do you folks clear stuff like this from your head and place yourself into a state of mind that allows you to be creative?

Thank You!
JohnLRice
A friend of mine calls this being "lick locked". hihi

Sometimes listening to other music I like and are very familiar with can remove the 'lock'. Or watching a show/movie I can get immersed in helps. Maybe reading a book for a while, in particular a fictional novel that requires a high level of imagination.

Or you can use the persistent annoying melody as a springboard for your own composition? Start by trying to recreate it and then deviate here and there to make it your own?
lisa
I don’t. I can’t stand having nothing on my mind. I had a studio outside my home a while back. The idea was to go there and just focus on the music. I hated it. I just wanted to leave every single minute I was there.

I realized that I need to have distractions when I make music. I keep the TV on, read stuff, cook, have discussions, etc and goes in and out of composing/patching/mixing several times in an hour.
SunPulse
JohnLRice wrote:
Sometimes listening to other music I like and are very familiar with can remove the 'lock'. Or watching a show/movie I can get immersed in helps. Maybe reading a book for a while, in particular a fictional novel that requires a high level of imagination.

Or you can use the persistent annoying melody as a springboard for your own composition? Start by trying to recreate it and then deviate here and there to make it your own?


lisa wrote:
I realized that I need to have distractions when I make music. I keep the TV on, read stuff, cook, have discussions, etc and goes in and out of composing/patching/mixing several times in an hour.


I'm thinking my approach to this has been all wrong, the whole time I've been trying to defeat the music that somehow gets in there. Maybe my mind is trying to get me pay attention to what gets in there and do something with it.

I've come up with stuff by watching movies with the sound off and just playing whatever comes to mind as I watch scenes. Brent Knopf of El Vy and Ramona Falls does this great TEDx Talk where he talks about having musicians come in to a session and he records them playing whatever they come up with as they hear the song for the first time.

Mistakes Were Made on Purpose / Brent Knopf

I do find that quick little sessions work best for me, if I spend too much time on something it like cooking something too long, it looses it's flavour.

Thank You!

This is fun!
circuitousvibes
Believe it or not, I use tingsha (https://www.bodhisattva-store.com/listings/index.php?main_page=index& cPath=90), to "reset" my focus. I keep them on top of my monitors.

If I have earworms, (which I often do), I will click the tingsha 3 times, allowing the sounds to die down completely before clicking again, and before starting work on my instruments. I focus on the tingsha vibrations, not what was previously in my head. It feels like the air is cleared, too.
lauprellim
You just have to let time do its thing sometimes! Or, listen to something else. It happens a lot to me too.
slumberjack
i can take it as inspiration...and am thankful for a sampler full of cheesy popsong cut-ups and nobody recognizes them in my songs. hihi w00t nanners
CF3
Exercise


Usually hiking, trail running or mountain biking. Best reset button in the world.
umma gumma
circuitousvibes wrote:
Believe it or not, I use tingsha (https://www.bodhisattva-store.com/listings/index.php?main_page=index& cPath=90), to "reset" my focus. I keep them on top of my monitors.

If I have earworms, (which I often do), I will click the tingsha 3 times, allowing the sounds to die down completely before clicking again, and before starting work on my instruments. I focus on the tingsha vibrations, not what was previously in my head. It feels like the air is cleared, too.


great idea, I have never seen those before
skunk_hour
I sort of assume that the first 20-30 minutes that I spend making won't be productive, they're a sacrifice to getting into the right mindset. So generally I'll do a lot of playing around with oddball ideas, strange sounds, etc., without any concern for whether it sounds "musical" or not.

Often as not this transitions into ideas that are useful, but it's helpful in either case.
VanCool
What i do is: look op the song that got stuck in my head on youtube or spotify and play the whole thing 1 or 2 times. This usually gets rid of the stuck loop in my brain..
Wartimetapestry
I kind of ascribe to skunk hour's philosophy above. Normally the 30 minute noodling to begin with can clear things up. Sometimes even trying to emulate part of what's stuck in my head can help me start drifting into unexplored ideas.

Often times though, I just end up with an unusable, unoriginal mush, so your mileage may vary...
Panason
I use this meditation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyhrYis509A


Failing that, meh those tibetan bells are pretty good.

Failing those, it's time for Venetian Snares at high volume.
MindMachine
Go for a walk. Watch some porn (don't judge the music). Hiking. Swimming.
felixer
medization is the key ... empty your mind. which is a hard thing to do.
snercle
this is going to sound weird but i think of the opposite type of music, so i just cut through it in my head as if it were a movie scene where theres a song playing on a radio and a guy comes in and shoots it with a gun. and then the real music starts Om

for this it helps if you usually listen to a lot of different types of music i think
cptnal
Withdraw from society completely, so you're never exposed to such inane mediocrity in the first place. Failing that, use your own music to drive the demons from your mind. That's what I do anyway.
Phil999
music playing in my head was a huge problem for me, and somehow still is, although I learned to cope better with it. The terrible phase in my life were the 90's. I earned my money as a wall painter, and as most of you know, on working sites there is often a radio from other craftsmen playing music from early morning to evening, sometimes more than one device, which sometimes resulted in an unbearable cacophony. These tunes stayed and repeated in my head endlessly after work, and I mostly had to take active steps to counteract, like working in the studio or watching a movie.

Interestingly, the problem persists even in recent years where I lead a rather reclusive life, in the woods in a tipi from May to November, with minimum exposure to muzak influences. There are still these pop songs in my head, mostly snippets, that keep coming into my mind or inner ear. These acoustical memories can go back as far as childhood age. Which - as a side note - is interesting in itself. We do memorise many things from our early age particularly, as well as through our entire life. Sound is one of the most important things, because our survival depends very much on sound.

I still don't have a good recipe to shut down this inner radio station. And it may vary from person to person. So that's what I found out what helps:

- play an instrument. Any kind of instrument. It's about creating or building your own space where you alone decide what sound is there. This helps instantly and cures for quite some time period.

- sing, hum. If no instrument is available, and if you are free to do so, like at home, under the shower, away from others.

- change the 'radio station' in your head. Intentionally switch the music that is playing in your head to another piece of music that you know you will like. That doesn't solve the problem per se, but it makes it acceptable, even enjoyable. How many times did I put the imagined needle on the imagined record and let the entire record play through. This can also be helpful in difficult situations, to intentionally use memorised music, and spontaneously imagined melodies.

- do the opposite. Don't fight the mind intrusion, don't counteract, just let go. Do not allow your self to get overwhelmed or angry. Let that silly song or melody, or sound, run. Let it just run, it will vanish (in my experience). After a while it will return for sure, and when it does, just do the same: let it run. Here, the important detail is that you intentionally and knowingly don't go into the victim role, that you don't feel occupied by external influences. You accept that there is something going on in your mind that you don't control. Do not care, keep your emotions, your anger, as low as possible. You may even use the opportunity to analyse the situation if you want to go further.
apestate
Long walks while meditation/breathing mindfully/listening to music
Workout - heavy lifting is my best reset button.
Meditation
Silence
Funch
If I get a pop song hook stuck in my brain, I listen to Jazz or progressive rock fusion which is something I don't mind having stuck in my brain.
Illwiggle
Get into some Jazz. Less repetitive than most forms. A Broom for the brain!
I esp recommend:
John Coltrane - Interstellar Space
Miles Davis - Dark Magus
Sun Ra - Night of the Purple Moon

I could go on for days
3pand
I remember when I was an undergrad composition major, the first year or so, I would always get stressed out by the noisy world around me because I was always obsessively working on or thinking about what I was writing throughout the course of a normal day. It took me a while to realize that my personal solution was to just devote some uninterrupted time with zero distractions to working on music every day and then to forget about it the rest of the time, no more trying to think about a piece while in line at the grocery store or on public transportation haha. That was many years ago now but I still live by it. Sometimes I think that, more than making music and everything, I'm way more interested in finding out about how I work and my own creative process. Anyway, not sure if any of that is helpful, but I know you will find your solution. It's amazing how these things sort themselves out with time and thought.
Phil999
good post 3pand. Thank you. And thank you to Illwiggle, these suggestions look promising.
3pand
Thanks for the kind words. And yes, great thread and suggestions all around.
sir stony
On a different although related note:
when you dive really deep into a patching and/or sound design session in general, how do you free yourself from the hypnotic state that will keep you from pressing "record" in time? Happens to me so damn often and I never yet found a reliable way to escape it without destroying the magic of it, too..
hmmm.....
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