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Question for Ludvig

Question for Ludvig
November 28, 2016, 12:32:42 AM
Do you start with a vision of where a piece is going and flesh it out on the instrument or experiment with the instrument and later put the pieces in their place. I remember reading an interview with Paul Ledney where he stated he would hum the melody he wanted and the guitarist could turn it into a riff. Other metal bands seem to build this massive array of contrasting riffs that oddly enough are in perfect complement to one and other, suggesting their compositional process is more subconscious.

Re: Question for Ludvig
November 28, 2016, 02:50:04 AM
I have done both.
I don't have a formula.
I have started writing a poem, and translated that in to music.
I have improvised on an instrument, and then written lyrics that fit the music that emerged.
I have come up with melodies in my head and then played them on instruments.
I have come up with melodies by trying various shapes on the instrument.
I have come up with melodies purely theoretically, thinking of tones and harmonies and steps.
I have written music chronologically, and other times segments that are far apart in time have emerged after each other.

No matter where I start, or how I do it, however, I know what I am trying to describe. I know what the inspiration is. I often fail at doing it justice.