November 12, 2013 by Jason Phillips
Just what is this all about? I have no idea. It was a vague plan to pull together a set of rules to restrict the creative process to see what interesting things might come. The project aim is to improve my abilities in my passion as a producer by committing to create 23 brand new songs in 23 consecutive days . And this is the only rule i started with. I meant to write a load more rules before i started, but it seems to be forming into an exercise in breaking all rules that i have built up over my time as a producer…
How does it work and what is the point?
Well, im finding out as i go along. Im just finishing up my 14th track in 14 days and its been a mental journey so far. Its proving to be a great way of dealing with all the demons in the way of me making the music i want to make.
Its helping me in
- organising myself.
- asserting myself to people who want to drain me.
- mixing music better.
- listening better.
- prioritising my creative work.
- cleaning my studio.
- establishing a routine.
- trying new things.
- dedicating myself to my work.
- letting go of songs.
- delving deeper into the creative process.
- getting into the zone / flow.
- understanding inspiration and where it lives.
- exploring new worlds.
- dealing with embarrassment.
- highlighting my problem areas in mixing.
- falling out with everyone.
- improving skills.
- getting into the moment.
23 tracks at around 5 minutes each, all fit quite nicely on a free soundcloud account… so i recommend this project to any producers out there… just begin, and get going with a fresh tune a day. Obviously they arent going to be masterpieces, but its not about that. Forget the feedback, just get them up there and move on. So far there are no rules other than finishing one a day and breaking as many of your habits as possible and establishing your Ritual (more on that later).
ultimatley, my aim is to make sounds like no one has ever heard and become the best producer i can possibly be. Theres something about making the music public as well, its like it sounds completely different as soon as its up there. And suddenly you hear it properly for the first time – but i enforced a rule that says once its uploaded you have to move on, and trust me, this has been hard as i really wanted to go back and sort the crappy ones out! But no, its more important to have your shit on show and get used to the feelings and live with the mistakes. Practicing in public advances you quicker in your passion than any other way.
I will describe Axiom 23 in much better detail when i reach the finish line just before my birthday.
Here are my tunes so far…
“The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important. Because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. And that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby.”
– Seth Godin