New approaches to songwriting

washmachI’m currently exploring new ways to write songs – both lyrics and music. The main theme is embracing the post-structuralist ethos of relinquishing control. In terms of music, I have been experimenting with using field recordings as source material, with some exciting results. I’ve also been working on some tools in Max/MSP (see earlier posts). Lyrically, I’ve been looking at Dadaist poets such as Tristan Tzara and Modernists like Gertrude Stein, and theorists such as Roland Barthes. After all, who says songs have to mean anything? At Glastonbury in 2003, Michael Stipe introduced “Losing My Religion” with the proclamation: “this is your song, we just cover it”. Then, for the first time in a while – I wrote some lyrics. It felt awesome!