An Algorithm for Composition

  1. Feel a tempo that appeals to me.
  2. Find a time signature that jives at the chosen tempo.
    (Bonus points: tempo is in a time signature other than 4/4)
  3. Fit a theme, harmony, or melody to the tempo and time signature.
  4. Develop the theme by adding missing pieces: harmony, melody, etc.
  5. Repeat step 4 until the song feels complete.
  6. Share the completed song with the world!

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