1Without being ironic, write in a genre you’ve never written in
2Address something new in your life
3Include a breakdown of some kind
1Start your song with a chorus.
2Take lyrical inspiration from the Jurassic Period.
3Include some kind of primitive percussion.
1Introducing them one at a time, create a stack of four equal-length, non-drum loops.
2With the loop stack running, add a fifth element on top—lead line, melody, whatever you please.
3Allow the fifth element to end and remove the loops, avoiding the reverse order in which they were added.
1Write a theme song for an imaginary TV show.
2The show’s premise is equal parts your real life, and very much not your real life.
3Feature an instrument you have never featured before.
1Borrow a phrase or line from Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day.
2Before considering any music, write all of the lyrics, including the borrowed line.
3Include at least one a cappella moment in the song.
1Set a drone note to B2 (the resonant frequency of the Earth transposed up 5 octaves).
2Write over the drone—allow it to sustain throughout the piece.
3Derive inspiration from a specific geographic location on Earth.
1Write a new main theme for any well-known movie (replace the score)
2Use a freakin’ huge dynamic range (quiet quiet parts, loud loud parts)
3Have the main melody appear in at least 2 distinct ways
1Cover another chef’s NCBC song from weeks past, and do not tell that chef.
2Identify what you think the main instrument is, and replace it with something else.
3Use a piece of the song’s lyrics as your title.
3Must include a phone number or website
1Write in a mode other than Ionian or Aeolian
2Use the rhythm of a vocal refrain to influence the rhythm of the instruments.
3Include at least two alliteration groupings of three [for instance: "bad backyard barbecue"]
1Find the inspiration for this piece in a childhood memory that affected you emotionally in some way
2Lyrically, write a metaphor or an allegory to represent this memory
3Musically, include a hypnotic element
1Compose your piece backwards (i.e. from outro to intro)
2Incorporate walking sounds into your piece—footsteps, stomping, etc.
3Include a modulation in either key or tempo.
1Retell an existing fairy tale
2Use a Shakespearean sonnet rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
3Only use instruments that don't require electricity to function
1Wiki: On this page, click the random article generator three times, and let one of those articles inspire your piece.
2Wind: Incorporate a non-vocal instrument that uses air to generate its sound.
3Waltz: Write this song in triplet time.
1Write a lullaby
2Keep it under one minute
3Include a melody from a song that came out the year you were born
1Feature a palindromic melody
2Make the title of your song a palindrome
3Structure your song as a palindrome (ex: verse, chorus, chorus, verse)
1Use only one chord
2Feature sounds made with non-musical objects found in your home
3Write about a place you miss