SXH Artist Growth: How Making Music Is Like Painting

It’s All Art.

(Layering. Experimenting. Conceptualizing)

Making music is like painting. This one’s for those who’ve been trained to paint by the brush, and would like to transition into painting by sound.

If you happen to be a visual artist trying to dabble with sound design, creating music really isn’t as complicated as you think. Sure, there’s theory involved, and a lot of technicalities – but all those can self-taught and mastered.

At the heart of it all, it’s still a creative process.

Just like painting, songwriting is hard as you make it. We’ll help you make your songwriting process a smooth and fulfilling one.

The Concept

Just as you should settle for a theme for your paintings, so do music.  Commit to a theme. Build your ideas around it. Without structure, it’ll be tough to put together a cohesive piece. Your concept can be emotional-based: happiness, sadness, randomness, or a life experience.

It’s art – take it wherever you deem appropriate.

Like painting where you would choose different color schemes and palettes for each mood, your  music also deserves the right matching notes to enforce it’s message.

Creating Layers

Music production is all about layering. The more advanced, the more layers. Rhythm, for once, is full of creating and matching up different sounds and sequences.

Juxtaposing different notes together can spark not only cool effects, but also new meanings.

Just like making a visual outline, your music should have a structure for how chords and lyrics will progress. Fill it with color, fill it with notes.

 The ‘Diversions’

This is the ‘surprise element’. That is what ‘grips’ the listeners -but be careful, too much of ‘something’ can ruin it. Balance is the key. It’s like adding darker shades in a painting to make the other colors ‘pop’,but if everything went dark – then the intended effect is lost.


Maybe two accidentally mixed notes can give birth to a new shade which you never thought you had on your palette. Don’t be afraid to try out different ideas. Some things might work better than others. You’ll never know when you’ll hit the right chord. Experiment.

It can get you to unknown sonic places. Theorize. Let the art and craft blend.

Don’t just stop at the ‘right notes’, go for the ‘wrong notes’. Play around and trust your ears. After all, this is where art is most fun: the process. Now, go ahead and paint your sounds.

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