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Thread: Is this part of getting older?

  1. #1 Is this part of getting older? 
    Forum Freshman deep'n'dark's Avatar
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    I turned 33 few weeks back. I want to ask a question about getting older - tell your opinion. So the older I get, the less inspired I am? I make music and digital art, but my idea-bag is empty. I try to figure out why? Why isn't the audio manipulation fun anymore? I have been making few tunes now and then, but I don't feel the same about music making anymore. If you have any kind of tips, I sure want to know. Thanks!


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    Getting older is often used in relation with getting experience. While others have aged and shown plenty of inspiration (Aerosmith comes to mind), they had different experiences from you. Maybe you just need to make some experiences that help you get some inspiration.


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    No. It's not about getting older. It's about change, growth, development - maybe even maturing in a new direction.

    You're 33. Your interests and preferences are surely different now from what they were when you were 20. Possibly very different. Maybe you'll find that you're on the cusp of a change in what interests you but you're still trying to wring the last drop out of your preferences up to now. But you won't be able to see this until you move through it and past it and look back in retrospect.

    Of course, it could be just your personal version of writer's block. A period where you're less productive or imaginative than you're used to. That, also, you won't be able to identify until you can look back with 20/20 hindsight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    No. It's not about getting older. It's about change, growth, development - maybe even maturing in a new direction.

    You're 33. Your interests and preferences are surely different now from what they were when you were 20. Possibly very different. Maybe you'll find that you're on the cusp of a change in what interests you but you're still trying to wring the last drop out of your preferences up to now. But you won't be able to see this until you move through it and past it and look back in retrospect.

    Of course, it could be just your personal version of writer's block. A period where you're less productive or imaginative than you're used to. That, also, you won't be able to identify until you can look back with 20/20 hindsight.
    I just realized something, my taste of music has been getting a bit different. I don't enjoy the music I did when I was 20. This all means I need to move on and write something I can enjoy now.
    Thanks for the reply, sure made me think.
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    Picasso kept painting and fucking into his 90's. If you're 33 and feel "old" you have a physical or psychological disorder. 33 is quite young.
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    I am twice your age and find it easier to come up with novel ideas because I have a greater repertoire of experience to draw on. Try reading any book on lateral thinking by Edward de Bono.
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    Try to get involved in some new hobby, it changes the way you look at other things.
    Try something adventurous, may change your perspective towards music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Getting older is often used in relation with getting experience. While others have aged and shown plenty of inspiration (Aerosmith comes to mind), they had different experiences from you. Maybe you just need to make some experiences that help you get some inspiration.
    Aerosmith no longer writes their own music and haven't for over 25 years. Permenent Vacation, while is a good record, was not written by Aerosmith and was the first album of theirs that started them on the path of not writing their own music.
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    You have reached the level of repetition that requires change, age brings a certain maturity with it. Boredom sets in if you are not able to recreate yourself. try something new and see what happens.
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    Old bastards like me are slower, weaker, and have less stamina than young people. But we are a lot more sneaky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    Old bastards like me are slower, weaker, and have less stamina than young people. But we are a lot more sneaky!
    Old age and treachery will ever triumph over youth and skill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    Old bastards like me are slower, weaker, and have less stamina than young people. But we are a lot more sneaky!
    And a lot cleverer, with experience to prod us along.
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    I had a similar thing happen to me. I think its largely about growing in new directions. When I was younger, my headphones saved my life every night. I wanted to help people too, so I was in to making music. You get older and you see all the heroes who don't stand on stages, and all these other dimensions of life actually become way more interesting, stuff that looked boring when you were young. You say you're into audio manipulation. Have you gotten deep into the science? The math is really beautiful, stuff like the Fourier transform, and it has uses way, way beyond music, and is reflected in deep physics too.
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