#1 Posted by noahtheboa999 (89 posts) -

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I mainly listen to music and play games as hobbies. While there isn't necessarily anything wrong with that I've found myself wanting to do something creative, but I can't think of what. I've tried making music (FL Studio) but didn't have much fun with that. So my question for everyone here is, what are some creative hobbies that you are interested in and could reccomend? It can be anything.

#2 Posted by believer258 (11672 posts) -

Just try everything and see what sticks. The tools to do practically anything are out there and aren't really expensive. Hell, all you need to write a poem is a piece of paper and a pencil. That's all you need to draw, too.

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#3 Edited by BeachThunder (11713 posts) -

Make some pixel art.

#4 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Scrap booking of course.

#5 Edited by Video_Game_King (36068 posts) -

Blog.

#6 Edited by bigjeffrey (4807 posts) -

Woodworking

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#7 Posted by crithon (3081 posts) -

Steven King said it best, you have to be able to write 10 pages a day without fail even on holidays. So try setting up a habit where your can analyze your work flow. Even the best musicians and artists don't really think of their craft as art just work.

#8 Posted by noahtheboa999 (89 posts) -

This is super useful thanks everyone! Pixel art sounds fun and I think analysing my work flow is a great idea as well. I'll keep an eye on the thread but I already have a good starting point I think.

#9 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4162 posts) -

Fruity Loops.

#10 Posted by Brodehouse (9623 posts) -

Lock yourself in a basement and make dubstep drops until you lose brain functions.

#11 Posted by Stete (725 posts) -

You won't find a more flexible canvas for creativity than code, so I would recommend that you learn a programming language.

#12 Posted by Marcsman (3125 posts) -

Go twerk some senior citizens. They'll thank you for it.

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#13 Posted by noahtheboa999 (89 posts) -

@stete: I was thinking of trying c++ or maybe c#, which do you think would be better as a first language?

#14 Edited by Arabes (338 posts) -

@noahtheboa999: Go C#, C++ is only really used in legacy apps now and it's a bit of a cunt to program in. Just remember that it'll take some time before you can program anything fun. I've been at it on and off for 15 years now and I still fucking hate it.

#15 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2572 posts) -

Well, you might like model building. There are easy kits you can buy that have all the things you need, and at the end you have a nice little model to show off for your efforts.

http://www.megahobby.com/images/view.aspx?productId=56772

If you like that model building is pretty easy if you are patient and have a hobby spot to work at. Small model like this you just need an 18" x 24" space. If you can swing it a few tiny clamps (paper clips?), hobby knife, Emery boards (cheap nail files), a few extra paint brushes are not expensive, but will help with your build.

#16 Posted by SunBroZak (1028 posts) -

Perhaps you could do something creative in your video games? There's plenty of games out there that let you build something for that game, in some fashion. And there's always the modding scene.

#17 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

cure cancer

#18 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1539 posts) -

Kill

#19 Posted by noahtheboa999 (89 posts) -
#20 Posted by RonGalaxy (2893 posts) -

I've been considering getting into music production as well, but don't really know where to start. If anyone has recommendations for how a beginner should tackle such a thing, please I will take any advise.

I know I need some sort of daw and a midi keyboard, but is there other stuff I should look into? Any recommendations for a daw? Im mostly looking for something that's beginner friendly, reasonably priced, and has a lot of different sounds to play around with. Im also wondering what I would need to properly record a guitar. Would that require a microphone, or is there some sort of adapter I could directly plug into a computer? Again, I would like a daw that has lots of guitar effects/etc to play around with. Also, it needs to be for windows, since that's what I have.

How does this midi keyboard look? Its the best Ive seen for the price.

#21 Posted by MikeFerrari7 (182 posts) -

Web design started as a hobby about 12 years ago for me, and now I'm trying to make a career out of it. There's something crazy relaxing and reward about it for me. This semester I have a sketching class I had to take, and it's reignited my lifelong desire to learn how to draw, and for the first time I'm actually seeing progress. I say give web design or drawing a go. You can even make your stuff about games or music so you can have stuff you already enjoy in the mix.

#22 Edited by Jeust (10481 posts) -

@believer258 said it best in my opinion. Look for what it feel like doing, painting, writing, drawing, music, etc.

Just know that for the first times, it won't be that much fun. But afterwards, if you insist and cherish that hobby, it can become a passion.

#23 Posted by MikeFerrari7 (182 posts) -

@narujoe93: Do you have the keyboard for Rock Band 3? I could have sworn that acts as a midi keyboard. Could be wrong though.

I got into music production a few years ago, I recommend getting a program, maybe Acid or Fruity Loops, a bunch of loops and experiment with making simple beats, and progress from there. What helped me was listening to music, and focusing on specific parts, breaking down what the song actually consists of. It went a long way towards helping me understand how simple song construction really is, it changed how I hear music all together too. Your first few song will probably suck, but don't get discouraged!

#24 Posted by Zelyre (1128 posts) -

Learn to play an instrument. Learn music theory. Then go back and try making music.

Some people who never learned theory "get" theory. It clicks and you can tell they know why music works, they just don't know how to say how it works.

And other people just drag loops on top of one another. The stuff sounds all right, but it sounds so boring.

It's like learning how to cook. You can learn what all the spices do, why they do it, and when to use them. Or you can just follow recipes.

#25 Posted by RonGalaxy (2893 posts) -

@narujoe93: Do you have the keyboard for Rock Band 3? I could have sworn that acts as a midi keyboard. Could be wrong though.

I got into music production a few years ago, I recommend getting a program, maybe Acid or Fruity Loops, a bunch of loops and experiment with making simple beats, and progress from there. What helped me was listening to music, and focusing on specific parts, breaking down what the song actually consists of. It went a long way towards helping me understand how simple song construction really is, it changed how I hear music all together too. Your first few song will probably suck, but don't get discouraged!

dont have that, no. Thanks for the advise though! Ive been playing guitar for a decent chunk of time and I have a decent grasp on music and what makes a good song, but I've never tried my hand at fully producing a song myself, but I've always wanted to.

#26 Posted by falserelic (5333 posts) -

I say experiment with stuff you've never tried and see if its something you'll like.

#27 Posted by Thedrbrian (62 posts) -

Meth