12th June 2019
I have just had an email from a company based around an AI (Artificial Intelligence) which has been set up to do compositions. Yet another hammer in the very solid coffin of us Classical Composers. Or any composers, I suppose.
In the email the chap in charge asked how I come up with ideas and compose with those ideas. Having written him an answer I thought that you the unknown reader might be interested in such things. So here is my reply to him:
“I compose mostly to help me sleep. If I don’t do something creative then my mind will not turn off.
My composition process is fairly ordinary I think, I compose mostly in the pub where there is noise and conversation, but usually not directed at me. I find that with my front (wakened mind?) occupied I can concentrate and write something or follow an idea onto the page. I generally have a thought kicking around or a particular style of music that has attracted me during my instrumental pratice in the week.
Once the idea has started, I can usually get a couple of pages down that night. I then continue to chew at the piece working my way through, playing it back either on piano or through Dorico. I make corrections and add new sections, though new sections are usually added at another pub session or visit to parents evening/ doctors surgery etc.
I continue to chew over the piece until I have a good shape, then work my way down into the detail of chord placement, and sorting out any sections that annoy or niggle me. Finally I work at articulation and dynamics, pedal marks bowing etc.
Then I upload the piece and leave it to get dusty and unused on the internet while I start a new one.
I often have two or three on the go at the same time.”
Let me know what you think. Cheers