Writing metal songs in 10 minutes vs 10 hours vs 100 hours
YouTuber Jonny Turner recently set out to write a metal song under three different time constraints: 10 minutes, 10 hours, and 100 hours, exploring how time can affect musical creativity.
He gave himself three rules:
1. As soon as the timer is up, he has to stop working
2. Each song must contain a breakdown
3. No help from anyone else
10-Minute Challenge: In this rapid session, the artist quickly assembled a basic song with a riff and breakdown. This segment highlighted the creative energy and spontaneity in swift songwriting.
10-Hour Challenge: With more time, he refined the song, adding verses and a chorus. This stage allowed for more detailed work but still felt rushed, showing that even ten hours might not suffice for a truly polished track.
100-Hour Challenge: This phase allowed for in-depth development, including adding vocals and perfecting the mix. It was a journey of self-reflection and meticulous crafting, resulting in a highly polished and personal piece he felt more satisfied with.