My first 60 Minutes of Creative Playtime

Alright. Here it is. An other “day 1” today. So the concept is simple. Everyday, for 60 minutes, I sit in front of my computer and I make a beat. I won’t go into details of why I’m doing this yet, but that’s what I’ll be doing for the next year or so. So here’s what happened today.

THE PROCESS

I don’t think this session could have been more perfect for my first day. I made myself a coffee, filled up my water bottle, got in the studio, dimmed the lights, opened my laptop, synchronized my midi controllers, opened up a piano preset, and thought to myself “I could not be more prepared. I’m going to destroy this beat.”

It did not go well.

I started producing something extremely generic while trying to get weird. 4 chord progression, 4 on the floor rhythm, bouncy bass line.. 40 minutes in, the session crashed as I tried to duplicate a track. I lost everything. I was about to give up on my creative session and simply move on with my day when Positive Dave showed up in the studio and took control of the last 20 minutes.

THE RESULT

I ended up coming up with something much more creative in the last 20 minutes than what I worked on at first. Why? simple. I got out of my comfort zone, followed my instincts instead of my reason, and added randomness to the process. Bottom line is, my beats are going to suck for the next few weeks, and that’s fine. As long as I learn something everyday.

WHAT I LEARNED

  • Try less, simply work with what you stumble upon.
  • Add Randomness to the process.
  • Be prepared for the unpredictable.

Here’s the beat.