MUFF WIGGLER Forum Index
 FAQ & Terms of UseFAQ & Terms Of Use   Wiggler RadioMW Radio   Muff Wiggler TwitterTwitter   Support the site @ PatreonPatreon 
 SearchSearch   RegisterSign up   Log inLog in 
WIGGLING 'LITE' IN GUEST MODE

How Do You Clear Your Mind?
MUFF WIGGLER Forum Index -> Production Techniques  
Author How Do You Clear Your Mind?
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
MUFF WIGGLER Forum Index -> Production Techniques  
Page 1 of 1
Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group