Exploring Happy Accidents
I wanted to explore a topic I was pondering today….
Ever notice how some of your favorite parts of your songs are the parts you didn’t intentionally do in the first place?
Ever record something “on the fly” and then attempt to recreate it “more professionally”?
From my experience, it’s usually the unplanned part that I like more.
Have you ever been doodling around on a synth with whatever sound is on at the time expecting to change the sound later but notice that you simply can’t improve the sound because it sounds great as it is?
I have a theory on all this, and this of course is just my personal opinion and speculation, but I figured I would share it with you to see if you find it thought provoking.
I feel that the reason these “accidents” sound good to us is because it didn’t sound like anything we would normally do. In fact often times it almost seems like it was played by somebody else altogether.
The fact of the matter is that we usually over analyze anything that we intentionally do, for example, most of us don’t like the raw sound of our own voice until we throw on a bunch of production techniques and effects until it sounds ‘not’ like us.
Another aspect of the “happy accident” is that in some ways, I don’t think it’s an accident at all. I think when we let go and get into our zone, we create from a higher level. It seems ‘not’ like us because we rarely experience this aspect of ourselves in daily life. I find that when I’m in that creative mode, that interesting synchronicities and accidents happen just when I was needing something to. This also makes the creative flow much more smooth and pleasant. I certainly wouldn’t by any means call this newsletter words of wisdom, but rather something to ponder….
May your failures and accidents pave the road to your best work!
Happy music making,