Musically Creative

Many people work with music on, while others work in silence. For the music heads, here are a few ways you might use music or sounds to a broader advantage rather than just background melody to entertain you as you work…

  1. Get the lyrics – Have a favourite song? Then illustrate it. Create some designs based on the lyrics. Or go searching for lyrics that fit to the work goals and or style you have, You might just find some songs that support your cause. Many lyrics are available on line for free.
  2. Get instrumental – Listen to instrumental music (from classical to new age and all the “bits” in between) listen for patterns, listen for rhythms. At times you will find these stylistic devices easily, and other times not often, but if music is your thing  you will be able to decipher these more readily. Now figure out how to take the “musical imagery” and translate it into “visual imagery”.
  3. Think fast – Try using some music that really gets your mind racing… perhaps it’s a favourite piece with a quick tempo, now, lets say it runs for 3 mins… Then draw like crazy in that time frame, and get a whole bunch of ideas flowing fast. The more you do it the more you can pick up… try the same piece at a few different times in the day or on different days, then compare the sketches, marks, imagery and intent, is the much difference? Chances are you might capture a whole bunch of ideas but not neccessarily realistic images, objects etc, you might find a more abstract or stylistic approach happens this way.
  4. Colour relationships -In listenting to the music, what colours and tones come to mind? Deep dark tones, or light bright ones? Cool or warm colours? Whatever it is, there is a chance to try out some colours and see what comes together from that starting point. Most Artists seem to wok from an object based starting point, but what’s stopping the creative process from evolving from another standpoint? A… Nothing but your imagination.
  5. Search music and art – On the internet it’s amazing what’s out there, and at times you can find links to the ways others have used these sorts of connections to create art, so see what others are doing too.
  6. Swap it around – Blues music is called “Blue” as it is often sad and makes people reflect on or feel “blue” what if you were to chage it so that the music could reflect an opposite stance? What if you did blue pictures but in vibrant oranges and yellows? the results could challenge some of your perceptions about the way objects and colours interact…
  7. Do the reverse – If music can inspire us, then what about art inspiring music? Hey do a search on the net for that… Or if you are musically inclined can you make music to an artwork? Go on give it a try and see where it leads to.
  8. Nature’s music – How about sounds in nature and considering recordings of sounds that are nature based? If a group of birds were chirping for a few minutes, could that be the starting point for creative exploration? You bet… If you could record some natural sounds and on a computer soundtrack program (Like Garage Band on a Mac) you could play about with various sounds on a variety of tracks, then you might create a starting point to explore.

That’s Eight starting points to creating musical starting points, are there any others? Sure there is, and if  you want to share them here, add a comment to this post to explain how  you or others went about it.


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