Inspiration – KVR Developer Challenge 2012

Here comes the official page of my submission for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012. I’m presenting a project called “Inspiration”.

Here is Inspiration description from KVR :

Inspiration is an application developed to stimulate the creativity of music composers.

Influenced by Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies, and techniques described in several books about songwriting, Inspiration allows its users to get random, more or less abstract advice that can provide ways to handle the blank page syndrome, new “cooking recipes” to create music in general, ideas to develop or finish your last song, write a lot of music in a short time, take different musical paths…

Considering Inspiration as another software adaptation of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies is wrong.

  • Indeed, those advice items are gathered together into thematic sets, like the Oblique Strategies but also the Horizontal Strategies from -musicalentropy, the Songwriters Playground, the Cooking Recipes of Frustrated Songwriters, the Advancing Musician set, the Dumb Strategies of Loser Musicians, the Way of the Rock Star set etc.
  • The advice items are classified and can be filtered with numerous tags, allowing the users to target specific needs at specific moments. Some examples of these tags : musical instruments like the guitar, the drums or keyboards, various abstraction levels, themes like motivation, harmony, rehearsals, sampling, the development of existing ideas etc.

Moreover, a special editor is included, allowing users to create their own sets, with an efficient and ergonomic interface. With this functionality, you can :

  • Create your own advice sets, corresponding to your needs, your personality, and the way you work
  • Share your own advice sets with all the users of Inspiration
  • Fill a list of composition ideas, new tracks or concepts you would like to work on in the future
  • Have a work plan for your preferred musical instrument, full of random exercises to do or existing songs to include to your musical repertoire
  • Optimize your 20-songs game sessions, as described in the book “The Frustrated Songwriter’s Handbook” by Nicholas Dobson and Karl Coryat.

Anyway, be careful about the various things Inspiration can not do :

  • Write some music for you
  • Play any musical instrument for you
  • Take all the credits of the music you have created thanks to its advice
  • Fill a lack of technical competences and/or a lack of musical knowledge
  • Replace experimented musician’s advice
  • Replace experimented musicians
  • Force you read how to use Inspiration before having any opinion on its concept
  • Bring the beers for the rehearsals

I didn’t have enough time to include the instructions in the archive with Inspiration, so I’m going to write blog articles in the next days about how to use Inspiration the best way, and tons of advice sets. Stay tuned !

Articles about Inspiration on this blog :

Background of Inspiration (07/11/12)
Inspiration software (08/11/12)
The description of tags in Inspiration (08/11/12)


10 thoughts on “Inspiration – KVR Developer Challenge 2012

  1. D/l’d Inspiration last night. As they say it’s ‘pretty cool’. May take me a while to use it to its full potential. Will follow the blog for more tips. Thank you. Wishing you luck.

      1. Sorry I thought it was a plug-in, thinking about it, it makes more senses as a standalone. I’ll give it a try. Thanks.
        I like Guitar Gadgets by the way, you got 5 points from me.

  2. I find it very frustrating when creating a new set, that you can’t just increment/decrement the selected card. The silly slider thing is unbearable, no matter how slightly I try to move my mouse, it ends up zooming ahead 3 or 4 cards at a time. It’s very difficult to get it to change just a single card. Would be really great if one could us keystrokes (+/- or maybe arrow keys) to advance/retreat one card at a time.

    1. I might improve a little the UX in the set edition. If you have a mouse wheel, you should use it to increment/decrement the selected card, it is the way I used it to create my own sets πŸ˜‰

      Anyway, if I have some time tomorrow, I will make available the card move with the keyboard

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