Earlier, I mentioned how easy it was to put a song together using the parts that are included as “sound loops” with Apple’s GarageBand. In other words, you don’t need to know how to play a “real” instrument, in the traditional sense.
For your listening pleasure: “Gimme Gimme” (mp3, 1.4M), which I made completely from prefab parts. (See if you can identify where the loops repeat themselves: drums, guitars, cymbals — each is a separate loop.)
There’s a longer entry in here somewhere about creativity, composition, and working with chunks of information, but I don’t have time to write it now. Hopefully later. The 3X5 cards I’m laying out on my desk as I revise this article remind me of the little round-edged rectangles GarageBand uses to represent the different components of a song. I’m trying to work out some useful parallels. I love reworking these songs. I hate rewriting. I’m hoping to achieve some kind of crossover effect, however.