I’m rarely at a loss for musical “ideas”.
They tend to arrive in my imagination with all instruments and “orchestration” as a finished snippet. An excerpt. A needledrop.
I can easily morph them or push them around into other ideas, or imagine them with different instruments. Slower, faster, folkier, more “classical” or more “modernist” or more baroque / renaissance. I can throw in a hip hop beat or a breakbeat or a four on the floor dance beat and mash them up. It’s all very easy to move around, in my head. I’ve practiced this with directors when working on sound design for live theater or when working with choreographers or on my own musical theater productions.
But these glimpses of what could be are usually only short snippets.
And they are only ideas; possibilities. […]