Chapter 5: Bringing Ideas to Life


Over the past 25 years I have developed, refined, and used a model that aspires to define a general creative process relevant to all genres of instrumental and vocal composition and sonic arts. The template focusses on universal tasks that occur within the creative process and providing a general framework from within which specific questions may be asked and answered. These numerous questions, relating to meaning, expression and the abstract qualities of sous are drawn from chapters 2, 3, and 4. They allow a finer-grained analysis of all functional components within the model, effectively converting a highly generalised template to a highly focussed context-specific compositional aid. This type of enquiry has been of tremendous value to me over the years in identifying more efficient ways of working, coming to terms with my pragmatic needs, and understanding the qualities of my materials more deeply. It has allowed me to pause for reflection on the process itself, as well as the materials, opening the way to reflection from new standpoints that would not have been available without the aid of the model.