Hi!

We're going to turn back time and mix different styles today….

Step 1: pick a number between 20 and 100.

done?

It's important that you go with this and pick a number before you move on….
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Ok, the number you picked will decide which decade of music you're going to be working with.

29 –> 1920s music;
22 –> still 1920s music;
34 –> 1930s ;
67 –> music from the 60s ;
100 –> music released in 2000 ;
99 –> music from the 90s.

You get the idea ?

Step 2: Listen to a playlist from that decade and write down what you hear: instrumentation, melodies, moods, themes, feelings.

What does this music bring to mind? What makes it unique and different from the music you write or hear nowadays?

Step 3: Pick 1 or 2 elements from that "old" music and incorporate these elements into your own style of music.

Here are a few examples:

  • incorporating a rhythmic element from Ravel's Bolero (1928) to house music
  • adding brass stabs similar to the ones in Bob Marley's One Love (1965) to pop
  • finding a place for a Metallica or Nirvana-inspired guitar riff (1990s) in a 12 bar blues

Now, not everything you try is going to turn out pretty!

Still, the more you experiment, the more likely you are to find something awesome and unique at the same time ?

Have fun and don’t hesitate to share your work in the comments!

Sincerely,
Joyce

PS: Need some inspiration? Try this.