composing music in my dreams

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on several several occasions I have dreams up new music... I've composed full length songs on guitar or magical guitars, complete bands, etc. I always think the music sounds genius and even if some parts are less so I eventually pull off some cool solo or something that constitutes genius. anyways, how likely is it that this music is actually great stuff? I seem to hear it perfectly well in my sleep and always think its great as I'm composing it, and I have a pretty critical ear when it comes to music. When I wake up I recognize that the music I composed was rather complex and yet I can never recite any of it - rather I can sort of remember the genre and mood of the songs I create.

What are the odds that I am creating great music? Any of you have dreams like this?

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Monday, 22 December 2008 23:17 (fourteen years ago) link


❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Monday, 22 December 2008 23:18 (fourteen years ago) link


❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Monday, 22 December 2008 23:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't have dreams like this. Despite being a musician, my dreams rarely even have sound, never mind music. If you can't remember any of the actual notes, it would be difficult to tell if it's any good. The nearest non-music related dream comparison I can make is that I often have dreams where I'm holding forth to a group of people about some fantastic idea I've had. In the dream, I believe that the idea is great, and so do the people I'm addressing. But when I wake up I realise that the idea is in fact crap.

snoball, Monday, 22 December 2008 23:24 (fourteen years ago) link

I agree with the whole 'idea is crap' part. but still I have a hard time believing I'm not composing good sounding music. An idea is one thing but an sensory image or sound might be totally different.

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 05:12 (fourteen years ago) link

FYI there was an author who claimed he came up with all his stories in a dreamplace. he'd write them down as soon as he woke up or something.

from another point of view, allow me to say it seems like this sort of thing represents an inability to exercise such potential in actuality. in other words, perhaps your aspiration to create these great things -- songs, moods, ideas on a guitar -- is more easily fed in dreams than in real life. maybe you don't feel ready to put this work forward, so you dream it.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 07:33 (fourteen years ago) link

i have woken myself up to write down a song i dreamt up that sounded amazing in my dream, and in the cold light of day it wasn't anything special.

braveclub, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 14:12 (fourteen years ago) link

there was some old aphex twin interview where he claimed to write his pieces in his dreams

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 15:03 (fourteen years ago) link

That interview was bonkers! A great read.

2 5 (Z S), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 17:58 (fourteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

I had one of my dreams where I compose music. I composed songs for a complete band during a live show. I was playing piano this time.
Ahhhhh, I wish I could hear this music when I wake up. I swear to god it sounds great.

hatchet, axe and saw supervisor (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 20:57 (fourteen years ago) link

imo the hard part is not the idea, it's being able to execute or translate what sounded good in your head on an instrument (or paper, or whatever)

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 21:06 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...

I have the same 'problem' it's been kind of driving me crazy for a few years. The music is real as far as I can tell, I can still remember it 'in the cold light of day' and hum the basic tune. It's mostly classical and complex, the most frustrating thing is that I can't write it down; similar to hearing a great story and not being able to write!! pity really, I think people would enjoy it.......

nelly, Sunday, 17 January 2010 20:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah man. I actually had a memorable segment a week ago. One or two bars. Even if I had a keyboard to immediately play and write down the notes, I wouldn't have been able to recreate the magnificent synth sound on the whole note.

CaptainLorax, Monday, 18 January 2010 02:39 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...


☀ ☃ (am0n), Thursday, 8 April 2010 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

this has happened to me maybe 2, 3 times?

fuck in rainbows, after it rains (dyao), Thursday, 8 April 2010 14:46 (thirteen years ago) link

with verse-chorus-verse structure, breakdown, bridge, everything! I wonder what my brain is doing

fuck in rainbows, after it rains (dyao), Thursday, 8 April 2010 14:46 (thirteen years ago) link

supposedly the theme from the first movement of bruckner's 7th symphony was sung to him by angels in a dream

nakhchivan, Thursday, 8 April 2010 14:50 (thirteen years ago) link

a couple of times I've had a weird semi-sleep paralysis thing going on, where in what feels like a just falling asleep state I'm composing something awesome in my head, but I can't get up to do anything about it. Then I kind of remember it but forget the details when I'm actually awake, cuz yeah it's always super complex.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 17 April 2010 01:33 (thirteen years ago) link

i once woke up able to play 'where do you go to my lovely' having learnt it in a dream, which i then did only once and never again. but it was kinda strange

just darraghmac tbh (darraghmac), Saturday, 17 April 2010 01:39 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

My magic guitar playing was sooo good last night. I kept going back to sleep after I woke up just so I could keep playing. The drems were lucid and memorable. I remember experimenting with lots of ideas until I found the song that sounded best. Bur I'd kill just to hear the improv sessions.
It's so much easier finding the exact sound you want when you are dreaming. There's no hurdles standing in your way.

When reality came creeping in, I could still hear myself fiddling around on my magic guitar. The sounds/ideas became less varied as my mind found singularity. The last bit of music was very Zeppelin-esque

that's cute, but it's WRONG (CaptainLorax), Monday, 12 September 2011 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

Okay, I know the last post for this was a couple of months ago, but I just wanted to say that this started to happen to me about 1 or 2 years ago. Never happened to me before. I wouldn't be the composer in my dreams, but they would always have background music, like a TV show or movie, or I'd be at a club with music playing. It could be of any genre: rock, alternative, classical, rap or freestyle(house/club). These songs were so good, I honestly thought I was just remembering songs from my childhood that have been long forgotten, but I realized soon through internet searches that these songs don't exist. I once wrote down the rap lyrics as soon as I woke up, and I realized these words are much too complex to have thought up quickly in my dreams... I wouldn't be able to do that in real life. Also, I finally remembered the melody and an entire hook for one song which is titled: "love and the dark". Oh man, this song sounds awesome. I wish I had real musical talent to capitalize on this.

TheDarkAss, Monday, 26 March 2012 20:38 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

lol, i was talking about something similar on the "non-ILX dreams" thread not too long ago. i often hear pop music in my dreams, music that seems super-great to me. when i wake up, if i have a dream song running through my head, i'll hurriedly sing it into my phone so that i don't forget it. in the process, a lot of the detail and harmony gets lost, but i can usually at least get the general gist down. they're not often so remarkable as they seemed while i was asleep, are sometimes just mutated versions of existing songs, but every once in a while, i get something really good. about half the songs i've contributed to my "band" have come from dreams.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:23 (eleven years ago) link

six years pass...

this happened twice to me this week. first time the song was so great and i was building it up and adding breakdowns and cool little bits and it was just so, so great I was so proud and then I woke up.

next time, I dreamt I was breaking into a hotel to steal samples so I could make a remix of French Montana's Unforgettable.

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Friday, 13 July 2018 13:41 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

i too have made music and experienced magic guitar playing many times over the years, and almost never have i retained any of it upon waking. except once! i had a brilliant riff going. woke up and immediately picked up my real and not magic guitar and started banging it out. turns out it was the opening notes of the crystals' "and then he kissed me." which made me laugh so hard. i popped a tape in the four-track and made a song with it anyway.

andrew m., Wednesday, 28 August 2019 19:11 (four years ago) link

For some reason when I do this it's always progressive trance

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 19:19 (four years ago) link

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