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How Do You Manage Your Inspirations?


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Sometimes I hum the theme into my iPhone to transcribe it later.  At work, I have some sheet music paper and I often scribble out themes or harmonies that pop up from time to time, then if I haven't lost them by the end of the day, bring them home and transcribe them as well.

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The ability to record one's voice at a whim on one's phone is one of the blessings of the modern age. I do that often. Whenever I get the chance, I transcribe them into Finale or on paper depending on what I feel like. Also when I'm composing something and come up with an idea, if I decide not to use it, I place it in a special file named "Purgatory" where they all await their final doom. I've got one in the form of a Finale document and one that is an actual manilla folder. New ideas and old ones alike are gathered in either of these. Even ones I think of randomly but have no immediate use for. At times, I've pulled an idea from these files and made something out of it. I like to think of them as my "for a rainy day" supply of musical material.

 

Now you know how KJ comes up with his ravishingly good music: BY RECYCLING LEFTOVER TRASH :D

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