What is Composing?

Composing is the creation and design of a work of art. Basically, it is creating, but in a physical sense. Anything that is composed is put together piece-by-piece and thought out originally.

Creativity relates because composing is a type of creating. It is what allows for compositions to be different since everybody’s mind and imagination is different, and that is what affects one’s creativity.

Ideas are almost always inspired by something, and it usually is a way for someone to try to improve upon something they have seen. This is why people are advised to travel the world, because different places and cultures may inspire ideas in different creative ways.

At one point in my life I confronted this idea, but ended up siding with it. The idea that one’s own compositions are influenced by someone else’s a concept that I deeply agree with. For instance, look at music. Music has constantly evolved throughout the ages and that is because creativity in music usually comes from inspiration rather than experimentation. One can create experimentally, but in my opinion, inspiration is a major factor in most instances.

I’m sort of on the fence. I agree that works can contain pieces of other works (pop art, remix music, sampled music). At the same time though, each piece of art that contains pieces of others is its own piece. I believe that there should be a limit on how much of a one piece can be used in the collaboration or inclusion of another.

What is Composing?

  1. To me, composing is the creation of any artistic content through any number of mediums, whether it be writing a song on guitar, creating a website, taking pictures, painting, etc.
  2. Creativity relates to composing through the ability of composers to put their own personal touch on their compositions, such as a guitarist using specific techniques and tones to achieve the desired sound in a song.
  3. These creative ideas come from personal influences, as well as the general idea of how these composers envision their piece to look, sound, and/or operate as a finished product.
  4. Ferguson’s ideas enhance my conception of creativity and the origins of ideas if anything, because I strongly believe that personal influences play a huge part in the process of composition, as they are extremely evident throughout a composer’s work.
  5. I believe that my views would align more with the copyLEFT documentarian, because some of the greatest ideas in the world were a result of building off of other people’s work. For example, many ideas and theories created in the realms of science and philosophy are merely extensions of the work of predecessors, but without them we wouldn’t be where we are as a society. The same thing applies to artists like Girl Talk (who happens to be a personal favorite of mine as well), because without their work we would not be able to experience emotions from this music in ways that we could not before. This ability to perceive the songs in a different light allows us a greater accessibility and appreciation of work that we would have otherwise overlooked because it didn’t fit in with our tastes.


  • What is composing?
    • Composing is creating a work of art. There are different types of composing depending what you are creating.
  • How does creativity relate?
    • Creativity relates because in order to make what you are composing unique and your own you need to add your own creativity and sense of style.
  • Where do ideas come from?
    • I think ideas come from looking at other peoples works and learning what you think and do not like from them. Traveling may also spark some ideas you did not even know you had.
  • Do Ferguson’s ideas change your conception of creativity and where ideas come from?
    • No they do not because I agree with him. Observing someone else’s work can inspire you to create something amazing. It may not be the same but putting a few ideas you find interesting all together and making it something better is creating your own work. You picked what you liked and did not like from each and made it your own by putting them together.
  • Do your views more closely resemble those of the documentarian? or traditional copyright?
    • I think I agree with both. I have grown up in a time when DJs are famous due to the remixes they compose of many songs put together. However, each DJ actually composes their own song. Although many DJs have remixed the same famous songs they do not actually compose the same exact remix to it, each one of them adds their own style to it by adding other songs or beats to the background. I think remixing is fine as long as it is not the exact same thing as the original, it should have the composers own style in it.

Everything Is a Remix

What is composing? 

Composing is the process of creating a piece, whether that piece be a painting, a song, a poem, or even something less artistic. Composing is usually more than just one step, it takes brainstorming, planning, and then perhaps the actual creation.

How does creativity relate? 

Creativity overlaps, as I learned through “Everything is a Remix.” A majority of great ideas are built upon already existing ideas or the compiling of numerous ideas. I think even with combining existing ideas there is room for a great deal of creativity because the creator is combining things which originally did not go together.

Where do ideas come from?

I think ideas a majority of the time build on pre-existing ideas. When it comes to inventions, ideas are most commonly revolved around making a condition better by making a tool concerning it better. Musical beats frequently come from subconsciously using a beat previously heard. Ideas do come across as original, but they also frequently align with an idea already in place.

Do Ferguson’s ideas change your conception of creativity and where ideas come from? 

They definitely changed my conception of the value of creativity. I do not feel like it diminishes the value of creativity as much as it changes the accessibility. A creative idea stolen and remixed can still be valuable, but it is much easier to access compared to an inherently creative idea. I realize after watching the videos ideas are more often pre-existing ones encountered a time ago subconsciously brought to surface.

Do your views more closely resemble those of the documentarian? Or traditional copyright?

I think my ideas align more with traditional copyright. Just stealing an idea is not too big of a deal especially when combining the ideas together. However, when it comes to finance, if a profit is made off of a stolen idea I do not feel that is acceptable. It is difficult to prove, but if sheet music to a song is deliberately copied and the lyrics are changed, it is still the original song. Therefore, profits should either be split between composer and lyricist or not made at all.

What is Composing

Composing is the act in which a piece of composition is created. Compositions rely on the 5 modes, and in order to make something that will stand out, creativity must be present. No one wants to see a copy of a piece of art, but to take inspiration from it, and to mold it into a creation of your own would be fine. The ideas of what to compose can all stem from an already released piece of composition, as in to be inspired by it.

I based my original answer on the videos from his website, but before seeing those videos, yes. He did change my view of where ideas come from. He made the act of taking a preexisting idea and shaping it in one’s own way something that is viable and not to be frowned upon, whereas before I thought it was something you shouldn’t do. To be inspired by something is not theft.

I fall into the category of documentarian as I believe inspiration and theft are not synonymous. I don’t believe taking a song, and then remixing it with other sources of audio to create a brand new experience is theft. By denying the usage of other forms of composition, the creativity people have will be detained and left to slowly fade away.  I understand taking a whole melody of a song from one artist and the claiming it as your own is an issue, but to me, that is not what a remix is.

Remix Blog Post

Composing is creating something. It is the process of making something whether it be written, sound, art, or anything else.

Creativity relates to composing because you need to use creativity to make something unique. If you are just replicating something exactly like someone did before without changing anything, then it isn’t really composing. When you use creativity to create something then you are composing something unique to you.

Ideas can come from anywhere. You might just randomly think of something or you may be inspired by something. It just depends.

Ferguson’s ideas definitely make a lot of sense. I think that he’s right, most things are a remix of other things. And I think it makes sense that people get ideas from other things that already exist because that is where they are finding inspiration for something slightly different or new. I think it just makes me wonder if something should be considered new or belonging to someone when they got the idea from something someone else came up with. Like Bob Dylan taking the melodies of songs but putting new words to them. This relates to what we talked about when creating a website. If you use a template is it your website or is it a collaboration? If he uses a tune that was written by someone else is it his song or is it a collaboration?

I think my views more closely resemble those of traditional copyright. I enjoy mash-ups and I understand why people enjoy making them. But I can understand why someone who worked really hard to create a song they are proud of and get everything just right would be annoyed at someone cutting their work apart and combining it with other things to create a “better” song and how it would be annoying to not be getting any of the credit for all of the hard work you put into that song in the first place.

Web Package Goals

The purpose of my Web Package is to introduce Emily Morales as an artist, to share why and how she composes music. Secondary purposes of the Web Package are to promote her as an artist.

I imagine the audience to be producers looking for fresh talent, DJs or other artists looking for vocals, or avid music listeners looking for a new artist to listen to.

The genre I will be working in is through a website (specifically Weebly). It will be a basic site (not a blog) that will have detailed information on each page addressing something different about the artist.

The modes I will be using are Visual, Linguistic, Spatial, and Aural. Visually and spatially, I will need to carefully construct a website that is both visually appealing with images, colors, and fonts that appeal to the website users. Also, the aural mode will be extremely important because I will be including videos, downloads, and links to Emily’s Soundcloud which will all be audio files of her songs. Lastly, the linguistics will be on every page with information about Emily and her composition process.

Some functional goals I have are to create each page, write a draft on each, add any media, have them proofed, and then have the finalized project of the Web Package due.

The package has evolved enormously since its beginning stages. First, only being an idea on a sheet of paper, it has now turned into an actual Weebly website and an almost-finished website that is public for everyone to see.

Elderly People on Facebook

  • Common mistakes: Writing on someone’s picture instead of their wall/profile, writing on their status or own profile instead of the person they are trying to communicate with, confusing the timeline as their wall, and thinking people on their timelines are speaking to them therefore they write back to them on their own status.
  • Alternate Metaphors/Recommendation: I think it confuses people where to write and what is on your wall or not because it is called a “wall” and a “timeline.” Maybe if it had a different name and specify when its someone writing directly towards you or just a post for the public to see. I think elders would understand terms like mail or message. They need for it to be straightforward. For example, something as simple as “my posts” and “my friends posts” or “my friends statuses.” Also maybe if Facebook had a tutorial or some way to teach elders where to write and how to write in order to clarify how to use it. It would make using it much easier.

Elderly People on Facebook

  1. Some common mistakes made by elderly people included not understanding the web lingo (i.e. cookies) that appeared on their Facebook page, not understanding how to contact a specific person via their wall, not understanding how certain posts ended up on their feed, and mistaking the site for a completely different service (i.e. Google).
  2. An alternate metaphor that could be used is that of a community center perhaps, as this would at least make sense of what is popping up on their news feed. Usually in community centers there is a bulletin board with pertinent information about local events and news, and this would be an accessible metaphor to the elderly. As for the “Wall”, I’m not sure an accurate metaphor could be made that would resonate with the elderly, due to the fact that it is necessarily public domain, and the only metaphor that comes reasonably close would be a letter. However, this would be too private a metaphor for purposes of wall posts, and could only be suited to an instant message.
  3. My recommendation would be to clearly denote to the elderly what they are doing when they perform an action on Facebook. For example, a short box of text with a quick explanation of what cookies are could help clear up any confusion of what Facebook is asking for. Text that disappears when clicked on in each posting box that clearly describes the action that you are about to perform (i.e. “Click here to write a post on Alex’s wall”) would help the elderly know exactly where they are posting a message to.