Don't be Boring! Be Creativity

That makes no sense and how dare we call you boring?! We don’t think anyone is boring, we believe the current way of learning online is fragmented and uninspiring or “Boring”. We know that learning online can be made meaningful and people can be inspired in “Being Creativity”.

We want to make learning meaningful again

Everything we want to learn is freely available on the internet, so why pay and join a course? Well mostly because there’s no substitution for interactions with peers, professionals and just people who share similar interests. Insight of one when shared, leads to insight for many. The idea is we pay for the process of learning rather than just learning itself. Unfortunately this doesn’t reflect in current online courses.

Which brings us to our platform, an extension of our ideals that if education is the sum of two parts; knowledge and learning and knowledge is available so easily and everywhere then so should be learning and the causality of it.

Let's talk about creativity

There's a difference between "creative" and "creativity"; "creative" is an outcome, that can be a song, picture, video etc. whereas "creativity" is the process of having an idea and turning that into a "creative".

Creativity - "the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness."

Everyone has an imagination making us all inventors and creators, we just need help to realize and present our imagination; help with creativity. But when everyone's expression is different and unique how can creativity be taught? Close your eyes and imagine something, it could be a thought, a sound or something visual; that's your creativity and you can learn a skill to actualize that creativity.

Learning Creativity

Creativity can't be taught but it can be realized and understood through discussion and insight from people who are creative as well those who are also understanding their creativity. The problem is we equate learning to an outcome and forget about the process, we're ignoring "creativity" before the "creative".

In everything we do we believe in challenging the way creativity is taught and our ambition is to disrupt, forcing a new perspective of how we learn.

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Ideating Chord Progressions - I

In this article, we'll be looking at some tips to make your chord progressions sound interesting.

Note:  If you’re new to music theory or feel the need to brush up on basics, I strongly suggest checking out this lesson on music theory by Dawn

#1 Number and order of chords

Try shuffling between 2, 3 and 4 chord progressions. each has its own unique flavour. All your chords need not be the same duration. Watch the below clip to see what I mean.

#2 Rhythm - pauses & repetition

Sometimes, silence can make things better. This idea is even in music and especially in chord progressions. Also, every chord needn’t always start on the beat. Try breaking and repeating your chords with pauses. Some of the most memorable riffs or chord progressions use this idea. This is illustrated in the clip below.

#3 Slowing chords and creating dynamics

Slowing down just chords can sound beautiful, the way it interacts with the rest of your music. Digital instruments can respond to velocity, altering it across the notes can affect the tonal balance. We can also affect dynamics by including inversions and voicings. Check the below clip for some examples.

#4 Different chord types for more flavors

Beyond these basic triads, we have seventh chords, suspended chords, augmented chords, and so on, which can add a twist to the sound. Chords like this, when placed adjacent to the original triad can sound flavourful. See how expressive your music can be in the below clip.

#5 building a library

Midi clips can be reused in a new project or even in a different DAW!  Having a library of MIDI chord progressions organized according to key & scale is a great way to get unstuck, find inspiration, or speed up your production process. Watch the below clip to see how you can save and export midi clips for later use.

Got more ideas?

The above techniques should help you kickstart writing good chord progressions. Sharing is caring, so if you got any interesting ideas I've missed here, do share them in the comments below! We’ll be doing a part-II of this soon.