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music is 90% imitation

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in my experience, music is about 90% imitation.  you train yourself to sing better by trying to imitate professional singers.  you play guitar better by imitating and playing along with other guitarists.  when you try to create music, no matter how creative you think you’re being, you’re influenced by the artists you’ve listened to: you try to play in a style of an artist you like or you try to sing runs like mariah carey.  the notes might be different, but in your mind you’re trying to do something they would do.

for instance, what’s big nowadays are mash-ups.  nothing new, just combining two or more songs together.  but people love it and it’s “new”.  “creating” new music is putting new ideas to music that already exists (in my opinion).

it’s not a diss to say what you’re trying to create is 90% imitation.  that’s just the way it is… or, that’s my observation of music.  what do you think?


Written by enoch

April 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Posted in from my mind

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  1. verrry true. hence more respect goes out to the other kind: creators.


    April 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

  2. stand on the shoulders of giants. why reinvent the wheel? use what works.

    what if there are a finite number of pleasing chords/tunes/sounds? what if all the prior artists have discovered/used 99% of them.

    assuming that to be true, why waste time experimenting with chords/tunes/sounds that aren’t pleasing? why spend time looking for that undiscovered 1 percent when so much has already been discovered? i think some people/artist want to distinguish themselves and will make it their life passion to discover that 1 percent and make it their own; then have someone imitate their discovery.

    if you’re not setting out to revolutionize music but to merely produce something that people will like/enjoy, why risk spending the time/effort to discover new music (for the sake of making something new) only for people to not like it?


    April 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

  3. in my opinion, one doesn’t have to necessarily discover something new to be different: one just needs to find his/her own voice and style (preferably one that is not influenced by an existing artist). in this way, he/she would find a style that would suit/complement his/her voice and that would naturally set him/her apart. if his/her unique way happens to coincide with another artist’s, then it’s unfortunate that he/she can’t be as unique; however, it doesn’t blind him/her from discovering his/her own style, ability, techniques. it goes the same with instruments i think.

    BUT, i must say, that it’s really hard to stand alone in uniqueness when you’re swarmed by numerous songs and music styles. i guess that’s the effect of familiarity..

    (this is an interesting topic: i had a good time chewing on this thought. it was hard to verbalize my thoughts, so i don’t know if above statements made sense or if it contradicted itself.. but it’s only a portion of my current, jumbled, ongoing thoughts on this topic)


    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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