Posted on Sep 26, 2012
I seem to get quite a lot of question how my song titles are always matching the music so well.
Today I recieved a question from Maxx about how I come up with song titles. I shall write in public!
Many times empty paper and endless possibilities is the most difficult starting point for composing. When you limit things a little or give yourself some direction, things can get easier.
I start by giving the session and folder a rough temp name that usually has some meaning. I like to have atleast somekind of rough concept or feeling that I’d like to meet with the song.
Okay, sometimes the temp names can stick with you. I remember naming a session once as “Big Trummors”, it sounded very silly to me, half swedish and half english title. Big Drums… But that was the first thing the popped out of the head. I never came out with better title to match the feel of the song so it decided to keep it like that.
Anyways I usually have a feel or rought idea, then the composing usually starts going with the intuition and instict, just working on it. I just try to come up with something the inspires me and has something potential. At this point music might also start going into another direction than I originally planned.
Sooner or later I start to feel and know what the music is really all about, what’s the story, what’s happening there. Then things get more motivated and directional. From that point on I try to make sure the rest of the music, sounds, performance and the title, illustrations, cartoons and everything supports this story in a way or another.
Fact is that each each media: the actual music and the different song parts, visuals, titles, lyrics can compliment or the tell the story differently or from a different angle/ point of view.
TRY THIS AT HOME
Create a text document. Brainstrom and write 10, 20, 50 or 100 imaginary song titles. Without too much thinking just write titles down. Next time when composing, pick a title that inspires you the most. imagine a song and compose something based on it.
The image here show you a snap shot from application called “Evernote”. I wrote this list when I was working on “in Motion” album. Looks like word “Sinister” ended up used with “Super Sinister”. Many titels are yet to be composed!