Inspiration versus creative work’
Here’s some food for thought.
A quote from the artist and Photographer Chuck Close:
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
Good advice in my view, but perhaps more so for the artist who can work on their material full-time.
To put this quote in context, I’m currently working on my new album ‘IRIS‘, I’ve just finished a phase of reworking and all the tracks are still at a very early stage. The work-in-progress material I’m working with is almost three hours in total duration – it’s a sizeable project !
I’m now going to move on to the next phase, which will require making listening notes and then another bout of reworking. From experience, I may need repeat this process at least another four or five times over again – it’s what’s required to get the album finished and it is a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not complaining about this, even work can be fun ( when it’s creative work) and having been through this process a fair few times now, it’s not such a daunting prospect.
So, in terms of inspiration, I’d say that my situation is more along the lines of what Chuck said, it’s the ‘real’ work stage where it all happens and any form of inspiration is more motivation, in that I want to advance the work and get the ruddy album finished ! Indeed, if I was to wait for inspiration, I think I’d be waiting for quite some time, the work brings up new facets by actually doing it.
Of course, any creative type needs to make some changes to spice things up, so here’s my current set-up, with even less gear and even more lights and buttons ! I’ve upgraded to Ableton Live Standard with their super-good sampler (cunningly called ‘Sampler’) and I think I’II get a fair bit of mileage from it. There’s an awful lot more you can do with these Launchpads than just launching clips (in Ableton Live) as well.
imac (invert) look as well !