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Chapter 3. Finding and developing ideas > Know where you are heading - Pg. 78

Finding and developing ideas 78 A while later Dave returns to his masterpiece. He plays the eight bars. `Hmm, it's only eight measures long. It definitely needs more, but I can't think of anything else. I know, I'll do a rough mix instead. Something will come to me later.' Dave sets about the mix and experiments with the levels in Logic's Track Mixer. He used the ES P Instrument for the lead synth and tries out dozens of different plug-in effects to fatten it up (does it really need them?). A couple of hours later he sits back to have a listen. `Mmm, it doesn't sound quite as good now. It's not quite what I had in mind when I was on the bus. Perhaps that bass line needs to be a bit different.' And so he changes the bass line, which in turn requires a modification to the chord sequence. `That's better, but hold on... the melody needs altering to fit that new chord.' Dave alters the melody. Oh dear! Wasn't that the brilliant bit, conceived at the bus stop? `I'm not sure about that kick drum, it doesn't sound fat enough. Where's that article I read in Sound on Sound about compression, it's here somewhere. Oh well, maybe some EQ instead.' He's lost the plot now, although I'm not so sure he had one in the first place. It was all so promising as well. What did he do wrong? Well he didn't know where he was going for a start. Know where you are heading Those sudden flashes of inspiration, so often likened to thunderbolts, the eureka if you like, are wonderful. Trouble is, once recorded they often turn into short, rather stubborn, fragments of material that refuse to move on. Why? Probably because we have not decided what we want to do in the first place. The mind works all the time in the background. It will throw up all kinds of great, but totally unrelated ideas. If we decide what we want to write first, and then instruct our subconscious mind to get on with it, we stand a much better chance.