How Composers Can Increase Creative Output And Maximize Efficiency


Great artists strive for uniqueness, excellence, and efficiency in their creative process.  As composers, we want to make great music, and we also want to increase our personal catalog of highly license-able tracks.

Here is a technique you can use to multiply your creative output while composing music for publishing libraries like ours (Bedtracks).

Oliver Johnson in his studio. Maximizing creativity!

maximize your efficiency while composing music:

After writing a track that you think could have licensing potential, take the rhythm tracks for this song, and copy them two more times in your sequence.  Go into your variable tempo settings on whatever DAW you are using (Logic, ProTools, etc), and adjust the first copy to be slower by approximately 3 BPM, and the second copy to be faster by approximately 3BPM. 

Then, replace the existing chords and melodic lines, working to the tempo-adjusted rhythm tracks, to create three unique songs.  If you’ve found a group of instruments that work well with your rhythm tracks, or a bass tone for example that sounds great, create something new with those elements. The key to use this technique to expand your creative output and make more unique tracks with your personal sound. Don’t use this technique to plagiarize yourself! 

 

Watch these videos as a warning of what not to do!

 

TOP 10 Sound-alike Songs: 

 

TOP 10 Rip-off Songs:


Please use your discretion when making judgment calls about harmonic and melodic structure changes from your original track. The idea here is to create unique intellectual property, and grow your personal catalog, by piggybacking on some of the work you’ve already done on one track. You can utilize similar elements for a second and third track, but the chords and melodies should be completely unique.

This is a relationship business. By using this composing technique, you want to make sure you’re maintaining your creative integrity, by not making tracks that are so similar to each other that you jeopardize the relationships you have with those you sell your tracks to exclusively. I own a library and this is a practice I do as a composer, and that I recommend our writers do too, to maximize their creative output, however, it needs to be approached with care, caution, and discerning ears. 

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