What was your most unlikely source of inspiration?

Kaiwan_NI
Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 1,406 admin
edited March 7 in Social Club

True story: A few years ago in Stockholm, a woman approached me on a bus asking if she could write a song about....my hair. She had a guitar in one hand and a notebook in the other. She asked if I could tell her the story behind it. I said yeah.

And so we spent one hour talking about my hair.

To this day I still wonder how she would turn any of those titbits into something musical. 😅

Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. Whether you're on the receiving or the giving end, what was the most unlikely place you find inspiration for your music? Share your anecdotes about accidental inspiration, or the most random online sources you find sounds for your work here.

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  • Wyley
    Wyley CanadaMember Posts: 236 Saw

    Reading books like Art of War, The Bible, Physics textbooks and literature. Stuff like that gives me inspiration for lyrics. (I don't preach the bible lol). At first they were the unlikely places but now have become the likely places. Now I try to look for places that others would never look.

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 1,406 admin

    @Wyley Physics textbooks

    As in Feynman's Lectures on Physics? What kind of physics are you into?

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 1,406 admin

    On the topic of random sounds found on the internet, https://www.liveatc.net/ has an archive of air traffic controller recordings which are just perfect for ambient and drone

    Also NASA's SoundCloud never disappoints.


  • Wyley
    Wyley CanadaMember Posts: 236 Saw
    edited January 25

    The military applied type (MAP)

    You can see how school influenced my life decisions. January 19

  • Nico_NI
    Nico_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 797 admin

    @Kaiwan @ NI On the topic of random sounds found on the internet, https://www.liveatc.net/ has an archive of air traffic controller recordings which are just perfect for ambient and drone

    Thanks for the tip, will dig into this for more vocal sample packs 🎙

  • Paule
    Paule BerlinMember Posts: 347 Saw
    edited January 26

    A radio play by Alfred Jarry about pataphysics. Since that time, my Reaktor Monsters have become independent. Living pads.

    @Kaiwan NI wrote

    perfect for ambient and drone

    Reaktor User Library, keyword: drone = 8 pages

    specialist is OreKore


  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 1,406 admin

    @JesterMgee So a very tragic and hard to deal with situation that still affects me now but I had music to turn to and I feel that helped save me from going down a very different path. 

    Must have taken a lot of strength to turn things around and carve out your own path. Really goes to show how music interventions can have an impact on a person's life.

  • Nico_NI
    Nico_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 797 admin

    A radio play by Alfred Jarry about pataphysics. Since that time, my Reaktor Monsters have become independent. Living pads.

    Gotta look into this, sounds nifty!

  • Kubrak
    Kubrak Member Posts: 1,210 Pulse

    Minimalism - namely Steve Reich. And few months ago, when waiting for a piano lesson I have heard from behind the doors irresistive tune. I asked, what it was and it has captured me since then. It is a "structure" that inspired hundreds of composers/musicians in past several hundreds years. Maybe thosands, who knows....

    La Folia.

    It seems to me to be sort of fundamental thing for human beings. Maybe Feymann books would answer why....

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 1,406 admin

    @Kubrak Minimalism - namely Steve Reich.

    mhmmmm Electric Counterpoint has a special place in my heart.

    Speaking of getting inspired by music heard from behind the doors, that's exactly how Eiffel 65's Blue got its piano melody from. 😆

    Never thought I'd write about Steve Reich and Eiffel 65 in the same comment but here we are.

  • Kubrak
    Kubrak Member Posts: 1,210 Pulse
    edited January 28

    Interesting. What fascinates me is that one never knows ahead what becomes the hit. Or how it will be accepted on dancefloor....

    I Like most of Steve Reich's works, but this is my the most favorite.


    Back to La Folia.



  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 1,406 admin

    Beautiful! Especially Variations on a Theme of Corelli

  • wormtooth
    wormtooth Member Posts: 6 Sine

    The movie Dead Man directed by Jim Jamusch has been more of an inspiration to my music then I ever would have assumed when I first watched it.

  • pranaearth
    pranaearth NYCMember Posts: 43 Tri

    I was at a rave back in the 90's, and the way this one kid dances was like nothing I'd ever seen before or since. It had its own flow and rhythm that I was able to turn into a whole drum part on a song I made after the party was over.

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