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"The act of writing stimulates thought, so when you cannot think of anything to write, start writing anyway." Barbara Fine Clouse

What has changed through writing?

#100days #freewriting #typing

I'm so excited about writing right now that I can't wait to get started. Yes, I enjoy putting my thoughts on paper with the help of the freewriting technique. As a side project, I have also started to learn how to type with 10 fingers.

My thoughts around writing are consolidating at the moment. I currently don't manage to complete the #100days challenge every day. But that's not so bad, because I'm still on topic. After recording the text about my approach to making music, I went to the forest again and listened to the first part (The Six Secrets to Freewriting) of Accidental Genius by Marc Levy. A really great book with tons of good advice. Nevertheless, I have to recapitulate the whole section by listening to it and reading it at the same time. So I want to pick out the essential points that I want to remember. My first freewriting session made me incredibly happy. I was very euphoric. The content was about writing itself, especially about writing speed. I realised that my typing is much too slow for the free writing approach. I decided that as long as I'm too slow at the keyboard, I'll do the free writing with pen and paper. I can write so much faster with a pen. The better performance is literally obvious. After all, I've been using this technique for years. It's the most natural writing skill, so to speak.

The topic of speed has now led me to learn the 10 finger typing. There is a lot of good advice out there that encourages you to take on this challenge. It's fascinating how the #100days have led me down this path. After the first exercises, I got an idea of how smoothly the 10-finger system works, even though it hurt at first. No need to look back and forth between the monitor and the keyboard. The text gets your full attention. Look at the monitor and your hands write blindly. That's great. I'm sticking with it now. It's worth it. My goal is to be able to type really well and fast on the keyboard. It's also worth it for me professionally. As a software developer, I don't just write code, but also documentation, concepts and emails. There's quite a bit of typing to do. I'm sure the 10 finger system will be of great help in this area as well.

The most important reason why I am learning the 10 finger system is that I want to cultivate writing and do it efficiently. When writing, I want to explore myself, get closer to myself. A kind of self-therapy, so to speak. For all this I need a good, fast writing style. My typing speed needs to be fast enough to keep up with the flow of thoughts and be the tool to record thoughts. First of all, it's about writing articles for the blog. The time required for this must be kept within certain limits. Within these limits I would like to achieve results, so that writing is fun in the long run. This has all become clear to me. I still write, but it only takes place backstage at the moment and serves the purpose of becoming aware.

#100days are already making such a difference.

Good night!

What is my approach to making music?

#100days #makemusic

I threw down the musical process again today in frustration. I was once again ready to throw everything away and sell and never think about making music again. Just to forget about this agony. As I walked away from the equipment and hid my face in my hands, slowly, very slowly, clear thoughts came again. Unfortunately nothing concrete, I said to myself: Come out of here. Lie down. Meditate. Let go. After some time in silence, the frustration subsided. I asked myself what was going wrong in my musical process and then today I realised what my problem actually was. To have gained this clarity is already a great thing and I would like to share part of the realisation here in this post today.

My approach so far has always been to create music as an instrumentalist. But that's rubbish, because I don't even have the skills to create music under that premise. I wanted to be something that I am not. I am not an instrumentalist. I have not yet managed to learn an instrument. So far I have been able to make some good progress in learning the piano, but overall my skills are still miles away from being put to useful use. In a later post, I will address how learning an instrument fits into the context of music production for me. For now, I want to address the question of whether you need to be able to play an instrument to make music? Basically, that would be fine. From my point of view it is not absolutely necessary. I think you have to distinguish between producing and playing music. For the production of music you need a slightly different skillset. You need the skills of a programmer. The disciplines on the way to the finished song are many and varied. The process can be roughly divided into two areas: composition and sound design. Whereby each of these subjects contains a cornucopia of other subjects. It feels coherent for me to take a programmatic approach here, as this approach is more in line with me. In my professional life I work as a software developer and I am used to working in a structured and systematic way. This way of working can also be applied to music production. Until now, I always thought that music was created out of a feeling and a mood. This is true and false at the same time. Of course, a solid, almost scientific foundation is needed to create good structured music. A good mixture of both worlds makes the difference. In the future, I will primarily develop a workflow that is programmatic and consciously based on music-theoretical concepts. In this sense, I will start in music. I have a passion for music theoretical concepts, for form, for sound and technique in general. I am not a virtuoso musician who can play an instrument. I am a theorist, engineer, a researcher, a developer and music nerd.

In future posts I would like to address other topics in this context besides the bold highlighted ones: education, DAWs, synthesizers, mixing, genres and the things I can't think of at the moment.


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Let's see how this blog will evolve, because many different topics are driving me. I feel the desire to write and go deep about things that interest me. I find the minimalist approach of listed.to very appealing. I have been writing notes in the Standard Notes application for a long time now. Again and again, the thought of running a small blog comes to my mind. So far, my attempts have failed because I could not maintain the necessary discipline to consistently produce content. In a way, I have failed because of my own high expectations. Over time, I have learned to keep things simple. Finding the right balance between the different aspects of life, following your dreams and achieving the small and big goals is a big challenge. The following video describes the approach I take to make long-term progress. Its a great piece of advice:

Loop Shortcuts: SK Shlomo – Gradual Progress

I think it is realistic and achievable to devote a little time each day to the many topics that drive us. But first I would like to complete the 100 Day Writing Challenge. I do not want to anticipate the topics I want to write about. These will surely reveal themselves in the next hundred days.

At this point I would like to thank the authors for the following motivating articles.

See you on the other side. Cheers.