Chance as Creative Force

In composition, chance can be a strong creative force. Accidentally hitting a few interesting notes on the keyboard or stumbling across an inspiring sound, even getting melodic ideas from a bird tweeting etc. can all be very good sources for compositions. Even the most accomplished and educated composers rely on chance on a regular basis.

This whole concept is not at all something to feel bad about or rather not tell when being asked how one gets inspiration but is an absolutely valid procedure. The art starts when to separate the bad from the good ideas and to develop them into a real composition.

Only trying to fall back on academic strategies on the other hand will quite quickly result in music that feels uninspired. So don’t be afraid of inviting chaos and chance into your creative process as you might end up with a bunch of fairly cool ideas.


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