Beginning to Write Music Again

One of my New Year Resolutions was to write more music.

I used to have a career in music production, but I haven’t been very productive, musically, for a long time now. The resolution is a reaction to this and has made me actively seek inspiration & motivation to restart.

I essentially write two different styles of music. Historically, I wrote dance music & remixes. For a while, this led to self-employment and working on music for the likes of Britney Spears (remixing), Girls Aloud (mixing), The Charlatans (remixing & tour DJ) and many others.  Not ‘hands in the air’ dance music, though. Those tunes tended to be a little darker and electro.

The second style of music that comes out of my head is more like creating a soundscape. I guess you’d think of it more like a movie soundtrack. Think of the atmospheric themes of Broadchurch (the sublime Olafur Arnaulds), The Social Network (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), Blade Runner (Vangelis) or the newly released stunning soundtrack to Morgan (Max Richter). There are melodies in there, but mostly you’re getting lost in evolving sounds and making beautiful (or jarring) places for images to live.

There are places where both of those styles of music cross-over. The soundtrack to Stranger Things had a little from both camps, for example.

What Comes Next

The first step is to refamiliarise myself with all my music software. It took hours to reinstall it and, surprisingly, it all still works together and with the hardware I have. That was the easy bit.

Composing Music

Next up is inspiration. For me, that means soaking in music from all different sources, like soundtracks, albums of all styles of music, the radio, books, movies. Then it’s a matter of turning on the computer and seeing what where my brain is going to take me.

Most of the music I’ve written didn’t pre-exist in my head as a completed tune. I didn’t find myself humming a tune and then rush to the computer to write it all down. That’s not how my brain works.

I do get ideas about what might work in a tune when I’m not in front of the PC, but most of the stuff starts to happen when I’ve got the software running and I’m pottering around with sounds.

It’s the doing that inspires. I imagine it’s the same for any kind of creative outlet. You can think and plan, but the reality is that it’s only the act of doing that transforms ideas into reality, and that act in itself is inspiration for further development of the idea. Painting, sketching, sculpture, music, songwriting – in principal, it’s the same process.

So, I will keep doing. So far, I’m really happy that ideas are coming out freely and I’m happy with the quality of them. I’m relocating the music equipment shortly which will provide a wonderful working environment. This helps with productivity immensely.

I will post some music here soon. Wish me luck.


  1. 15 January 2017

    This really resonates with me. I used to compose music on my computer too, mainly for short films/corporate videos. Never made a living from it, it was just for enjoyment. I still have all the software. Atmosphere was my ‘go-to’ software as I loved creating dark and haunting soundscapes. Good luck!

  2. 15 January 2017

    Wow! What a great thing to take up at the start of a new year! I’ve never been brave enough to return to writing music since I finished doing GCSE Music!!

  3. 15 January 2017

    That’s such a great thing to get back into. My husband used to write music for a living but it was side lined when he changed careers and there as no time to carry it on as a hobby. I keep telling him that he should get back into it, I’m going to forward this to him now! x

  4. 15 January 2017

    It’s a great resolution! Writing music is not easy. I know something about it, because my husband is a guitarist and he also tries to write his own music. He can’t always play covers can he?:) Good luck with your projects!

  5. Oh wow! I had no idea this was your background – I really admire anyone with musical skills as I think it’s so clever. I can’t wait to hear some of your stuff! I absolutely love soundtrack music – I love how emotive it can be. In fact, we used a lot of soundtrack music during our wedding ceremony. All the feels!

  6. 16 January 2017

    Good luck, it is an incredible talent to have. Cannot wait to hear some tracks

  7. 17 January 2017

    What a great thing to get back into. Looking forward to hearing it. Good luck.

  8. 17 January 2017

    Looking forward to hearing your new stuff. As a Tinnitus sufferer, there’s a definite market for relaxing music tracks too.

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