The description of tags in Inspiration

As a reminder, which may be useful when someone is creating a new advice set, I am going to put here the list of each tag available in Inspiration to classify the advice items.

Tags about abstraction

Defines the abstraction level, associated with the number of interpretations available, and the places where the advice can be executed.

Abstract
Indicates a highly abstract level. The advice can have a lot of meanings, and can be applied to various situations. Example: “the blue colour”.

Inspiration
Indicates an average abstract level. The advice can have several meanings, but can be executed in a few situations. Any invitation to ask oneself a question, or a new idea for a song, should be associated to this attribute. Example: “honor thy error as a hidden intention”.

Creativity
Indicates a low abstraction level. The advice is precise, its interpretation clear, and its application frame very closed. Example: “write a 7/4 section”.

Tags about the function

Defines the advice function, i.e. at what time it can be used for your current work. This tag classification can be useful to apply the principles of the Immersion Musical Method (IMM).

Starting
This tag is related to advice regarding how to start something, a musical project, a recording, a main concept, etc. Example: “create something epic”.

Continuation
This tag is associated with advice telling how to continue or develop something. Example: “remove the verses”.

Ending
This tag is associated with advice telling how to finish a work, an idea, and start something again after. Example: “the best conclusion may be no conclusion”.

Song ideas
This tag may be used to create lists of new song ideas. Example: “create an album of math-zouk music”.

Learning
This tag may be used in a learning context, to generate exercices to in a musical work plan. Example: “five minutes of A dorian scales”.

Musical repertoire
This tag may be used to generate a list of songs included in a musical repertoire, to work or to rehearse. Example: “solo from Van Halen’s eruption”.

Tags about musical instruments

Some advice may be associated with one or more musical instruments in particular.

Guitars
Indicates that the advice is about how to use acoustic guitars, electric guitars, sitars, banjos etc. Example: “life can be expressed with only six strings”.

Bass
Indicates that the advice is about how to use electric and acoustic bass, or synthetic bass sounds in general. Example: “sidechain compressed bass sound forever”.

Drums
Indicates that the advice is about how to use acoustic and electronic drumkits in general. Example: “what can a drummer with four hands do ?”

Percussions
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any percussive instrument or sound. Example: “how an acoustic version played on a beach of that tune might sound ?”.

Keyboards
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any keyboard instrument, such as piano, organ, clavinet, chromatic percussions, or lead synthetised sounds. Example: “band with three keyboardists”.

Sound synthesis
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any sounds generated with sound synthesis. Example: “more modulation on waveforms”.

Devices
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any hardware musical instrument, such as samplers, rhythm beat boxes, recorders, workstations etc. Example: “do everything without a computer”.

Brass
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any brass instrument, such as trumpets, horns, tubas, or any synthesized brass-like sounds. Example: “more brass”.

Woodwinds
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any woodwind instrument, such as clarinets, flutes, or any synthesized woodwind-like sounds. Example: “more woodwinds”.

Strings
Indicates that the advice is about how to use any string instrument, in particular the ones from symphonic orchestras, such as violins, cellos, or string ensembles synthesized sounds. Example: “have you thought about adding strings ?”

Orchestras
Indicates that the advice is associated with orchestras, bands, such as symphonic orchestras or jazz/world music big bands. Example: “batucada !”

Vocals
Indicates that the advice is associated with vocals, choirs and any human voice-like synthesized sounds. Example: “vocals solo”.

Sound FX
Indicates that the advice is associated with noises, and sound effects. Example: “add a lot of explosions”.

Sampling
Indicates that the advice is associated with sampling, meaning the art of using with a creative way sound recordings to generate new musical material.

Controllers
Indicates that the advice is related to controlers in general, used to create music or to change parameters of any musical process, from the MIDI keyboards to a Novation Launchpad, passing by smartphones, mixing tables or DJ decks.

Other instruments
Indicates that the advice is associated with other musical instruments or sound sources.

Tags about music genres

Some advice may have applications related to one or several music genres. This is why this category has been created.

Pop
Indicates that the advice is associated with pop music, a popular music genre covering songs from the Beatles to R&B, passing by dance music or rock n roll. Example: “what may enlarge the audience of your music ?”

Rock
Indicates that the advice is associated with rock music, played by guitars and drums, and influenced by blues and pop music. Example: “how can you bring more groupies to your next show ?”

Metal
Indicates that the advice is associated with hard rock and metal music, played by heavy guitars, powerful drums, and some aggressiveness. Example: “do you think your song should be included in the game Guitar Hero ?”

Blues
Indicates that the advice is associated with blues influenced music, with characteristic harmonic signatures and chords. Example: “how Jimi Hendrix or B.B. King may have played this part ?”

Jazz
Indicates that the advice may be applied in a jazz context, with enriched harmony, and improvised sections.

Progressive
Indicates that the advice is associated with progressive music, influenced by bands such as Genesis, ELP, Yes, King Crimson or Frank Zappa, modern bands such as Opeth, Dream Theater or Tool etc.

Soul/Gospel/R&B
Indicates that the advice is associated with soul music and its derivatives, such as rhythm and blues or gospel.

Funk
Indicates that the advice is associated with Funk music and its derivatives, such as disco.

Hip Hop
Indicates that the advice is associated with hip hop music and culture, hip hop way of singing etc.

Trip Hop
Indicates that the advice is associated with trip hop music, influenced by artists such as Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead or DJ Shadow.

Electronica
Indicates that the advice is related to electronic music genres in general.

Techno/House/Dubstep
Indicates that the advice is related to commercial electronic music genres such as Techno, House or Dubstep.

Reggae
Indicates that the advice is related to reggae music and culture, with its musical codes, such as the choice of some instruments and rhythmic signature.

Latin music
Indicates that the advice is related to latin american music, such as reggaeton, salsa, merengue, tango, etc.

Experimental
Indicates that the advice is associated with experimental kinds of music.

Songs
Indicates that the advice is associated with songs, which means music where the singing and the content of vocals are very important.

Hits
Indicates that the advice is associated with the creation of very commercial music.Example: “do you think you may win a lot of money with your music ?”

Classical
Indicates that the advice is related to classical and ancient music, based on occidental traditions and the intensive use of a theoric musical knowledge.

Soundtracks
Indicates that the advice is associated with movie, game or ad soundtracks.

Avant-garde
Indicates that the advice is associated with avant-garde music, influenced by artists such as Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez, John Cage or Xenakis.

Traditional
Indicates that the advice is related to traditional music genres, which means music associated to a specific country, culture, with codes passed on orally.

Instrumental
Indicates that the advice is related to instrumental songs, meaning without vocals.

Sound illustration
Indicates that the advice is related with sound illustration, meaning any soundtrack for ads, movies or video games which can’t be considered as music alone.

Other genres
Indicates that the advice is associated with music genres which is not included in one of the previous categories.

Tags about research themes

Some tags may be associated with recurring themes in the several phases of musical creation.

Motivation
Indicates that the advice is related to the motivation question, meaning everything which can help artists to create music and to go to the end of their projects. Example: “courage !”

Productivity
Indicates that the advice is related to productivity, meaning everything which can help artists to create music more efficiently, with less effort, in less time, and with more results. Example: “best is the enemy of good”.

Composing
Indicates that the advice is about composing music, creating new songs, developing ideas etc.

Structure
Indicates that the advice is about the structure of a song, meaning how its different sections have been created, such as verses, introductions, instrumental parts etc.

Arranging
Indicates that the advice is about arranging, meaning how to choose the best instruments to play the different parts, in a logic and musical way.

Harmony
Indicates that the advice is about the harmony of a song, the choice of tonality, chords etc.

Melody
Indicates that the advice is about the melodies of a song, which means how to choose the notes of each musical part, corresponding to a harmonic context, to explain an idea, to give some sense to the musical speech etc.

Rhythm
Indicates that the advice is about the rhythm, meaning the time positionning of musical events.

Lyrics
Indicates that the advice is about lyrics, how to write them, how to sing them etc.

Playing
Indicates that the advice is about how to play a musical instrument, how to learn to be a better musician etc.

Improvisation
Indicates that the advice is about improvisation, which means all the techniques allowing to create in real-time a musical speech, following rules such as series of chords or a musical accompaniment.

Performance
Indicates que the advice is about performance and interpretation, meaning the different ways to play a specific score, on stage, for a recording, during rehearsals etc.

Recording
Indicates that the advice is about all the differents sides of the recording of a musical performance.

Mixing
Indicates that the advice is associated with mixing, mastering, and music producing in general.

Business
Indicates that the advice is associated with the business side of music, meaning everything related to the promotion of music, to make it known and to get financial gains from it.

Sound Design
Indicates that the advice is associated with sound design, meaning everything allowing the creation of innovative sounds, from sound synthesis or any recorded sound in general.

Effects
Indicates that the advice is related to the use of analog and digital effects, for mixing or in a creative way.

Music software
Indicates that the advice is related to the use of music creation software in general.

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