Jason Adams

The 4 notes that could change your life

Posted on 2016-08-04

Hi All,

I’m so very grateful to be a part of a wonderful community who understands why I turn my phone on, step away from the crowd, hit record, and record a melody that is stuck in my head so I don’t forget it.  I’m grateful to be a part of a group that understands why I may hear a tone or a frequency that sends me into another “world” and I just have to get to the studio to lay down that track.  I wonder what Beethoven was doing when he heard the motif for the 5th symphony. I wonder what would have happened if he ignored the idea.  Regardless of how you do it, when the idea comes, get it down! It just may be the 4 note motif that could change your life and be the solution to your latest project.

What do you guys think? I’m very interested to hear how you get the ideas you hear in your mind to a concept you can make sense of and work with in the studio.

2 thoughts on “The 4 notes that could change your life

  1. Hello Jason!

    I love the introduction part, I believe all of us can relate to your paragraph there, it’s a great feeling to be a part of this community.

    Ideas, concepts, I think everyone has their own way of “dealing” with those bursts of creativity, but when it comes to recording those 4 notes you mentioned, I usually do it on my phone. Most of my inspiration comes after sunset, for some reason, and I often find myself humming melodies into the phone mic. When I do that, I usually get an idea of what instrument(s) would be perfect to play that as a lead melody, and when I get back to my DAW, I try to recreate that timbre that originally emerged in my thoughts by combining different sections of the orchestra. Of course, as someone who comes from an electronic music background, I rarely miss a chance to try playing the melody on a synth, and I often get even more ideas by just playing the initial melody with different patches.

  2. Hi Jason, great topic!

    I’m grateful to be a part of this wonderful community too, because it helps push me to grow musically and understand my art and craft more.

    I often will record short ideas on Audacity or my phone and then later import it as part of a playlist on iTunes. Some pieces take time to develop, some may become the seed of another piece later on. I find that context helps – when I get a project, I imagine the kinds of instruments it needs for the music and then direct my motives on the instruments I’ve decided. It starts in my imagination and then I direct it to the context and framework needed for the project (film, personal projects etc.)

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