Tip #187 – The Beauty of Randomness

When people hear the word “random” with music, most people tend to think with the idea of improvisation – like soloing over a bunch of chord changes in the piece. Others might think with rolling a dice to compose the music.

While those certainly do employ the act of randomness to create music, they should not be considered as the only options.

May times, people forget that you can create parameters on which an aspect of your musical work will be decided at random.

For example: giving chord voicings and asking the performer to choose how they wish to arpeggiate it. In that case, the performance will be at chance because you cannot control what the person will do.

Another example: not giving a tempo indication. While people may consider that unprofessional, you can allow the performers to decide at will or to draw a number out of a hat. Or even ask the audience!

So, what I am basically asking you the reader to do is to be create and get in touch with thinking outside-the-box.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read! Feel free to comment, share, and subscribe for more daily tips below! Till next time.

Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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