INSPIRATIONS AND THE CREATING PROCESS

INSPIRATIONS

Often when I meet people I get asked “Who inspires you”. I’ve thought about this many times and since I believe it is important to tell people about things and events from my live that drive me. I took the decision to publish an article about inspiration.

First of all, I will try to bring you closer to my musical inspirations; where do they come from and how did the different music influence me before I started to work with electronic music?

As a child I often listened to classical music. My mother danced at The Gdansk Philharmonic and Ballet. I used to go there with my grandfather who was a violinist.

Also, as a child, I learned quickly to handle the mono vinyl player (gramophone) and I listened to some popular music from the 60’s. I still remember many of those melodies.

When I first started learning piano, private and then later at some music schools, I became interested in some more classical music, but then when I listened to the radio, I heard more and more rock and roll music that evolved in its various versions; which made this music incredibly interesting for me.

I had to start playing this music and I wanted to experiment with it from the very beginning; I was fascinated by the new sounds and electronic instruments that I once dreamed of.

Then I began to look for people like me, people who also wanted to experiment with rock music. More attempts and collaboration with various rock bands led to more and more musical experiments.

 In retrospect, I saw that all of this led me to electronic music, the music that gives greatest freedom in experimentation with the sound in all its aspects.

Today, like never before, I experiment with sounds and this has an impact on both melody building and harmony.

Like most electronic musicians, I have listened to artists such as Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Kitaro and Isao Tomita.

However at the present time, I try to work on my own style, which is based on new sounds, interesting melodies and unconventional compositions with unusual harmony.

 

 

CREATION PROCESS

This is a difficult process to describe because many ideas and melodies occur in my subconscious and sometimes during sleep. Extracting music ideas from subconscious mind to the light of day is extremely challenging and even harder to record them as soon as possible, so that they will not be forgotten.

Many times when I "played some music or heard it" in my sleep, I woke up and tried to write it down as fast as possible.

Nevertheless, they never become full tunes; they often become just a fragment, sometimes combined with the beat. Sometimes I feel something that I can describe as a «musical climate, without any particular melody.

When many musical ideas accumulate in my mind and on my computer, I begin to wonder if they have something in common, whether there is a common "thread" in the new music. When I find the "thread" and collect the music, I begin to think about what it means to me and what the new album will be about.

I try often to connect two musical styles that are distant from each other, such as in "Courage", where the rhythmic groove that is taken from «hard techno” is combined with  melodies and harmonies, up to four voice polyphony, which is characteristic for J.S.Bach.

Another time when spontaneity takes over in my musical world, "I go the whole hog", as in "Weird Emotions", which accelerates within 2/3 to its duration, which is the longest introduction of all my previous works.

However, that long introduction was necessary for me to achieve progression and appropriate feeling in this song.

The musical climate can consist of very many elements. The main theme or melody is somehow the "king of the song" which is also becoming my king at the moment.

You do however, have to prepare the subjects and the entire royal court for this moment and announce the coronation of the king.

Elements of music that help with the announcing of the coronation are: the sound spectrum, dynamics, effects and rhythmic sequences that together with harmony progression become the royal heralds in my musical empire.

 

                  Paul Vanaheim