Here is an excellent post by composer Wes Latta at audiotuts+ giving several techniques for growing as a composer/creator of music. In the post, Latta suggests limiting your sound palette at first, or using a completely different software package that the one you’re comfortable with, or — shocking, I know — using real acoustic sounds where you normally would use samples and synths. Nice work, Wes – thanks.
How to improve as a creator of music? Shake it up!