Shorthand for “Authentic Core Experience” - a universal experience/process that’s present and authentic to you when solving problems in your life
A series of music games delivered in the Magic Music Machine
AI Music Podcast
Conversations between two musicians (and 1 AI Researcher) about the possibilities and problems with using AI Music.
A rough draft of an arrangement which serves the Purpose
An identifier for “Splurges I’d like to work on”, often used in the Music Machine Trello template. These can be anything from a sound you like to a completed track that you’ll take through the Machine
Short for Channel Huddle where we post in The Daily Push about what we did, what we’ll do different, and what we’re going to do
Conversations With AI
A conversation style podcast between Mike Monday and an AI. Formerly known as The Makeist.
The process of working on multiple pieces in the Music Machine and playing games in order to move a track through the Machine
Digital Audio Workstation. An application you use with a computer to create sounds and tracks with
A method (with many variations) you use to observe your music without judgement in order to decide what to work on to improve your music.
The second stage of the Music Machine where you find out what the piece wants to be. Also the column in Trello where the pieces in Discover are.
The column in Trello where you put pieces for at least 7 days that are done enough to make a Release Decision. Also a Level in the Magic Music Machine where you do a rough mix, which is the final session you do before putting a piece into Done.
The third stage of the Music Machine focused on creating an Arc. Also the column in Trello where the pieces in Draft are.
3rd stage of the Make an Album With Mike program. Working on tracks that resonate using the Music Machine
A method of Splurging by writing/typing. Zero focus on quality and write as fast as you can.
The functional reason for the piece to exist outside the music itself. e.g. to get signed to a label, to make people dance, to make money, to have fun in the studio
A musical exercise with specific rules, limitations and a goal you play to gain insights about your own music, the Music Machine, creative process, etc.
Pronounced like “Hi-ya” - shorthand for Highest Impact Action. A focusing process developed by Mike on helping you choose your highest impact action
A musical motif or an earworm. Something that pulls someone in to the music
Idea Explosion Challenge
A coaching program with a focus on Splurging. Designed for generating new ideas in a short period of time. Often mentioned by Music Machine users when introducing themselves
2nd stage of the Make an Album With Mike program. Generating loads of possible ideas for your album
Ideas (Music Machine folder)
The Ideas folder in the Music Machine can be anything from an audio clip, a recorded audio, image, video clip, text, etc. that you want to save for later
A folder in the Music Machine used to describe the Splurge, Discover, Draft, and Done levels of the Music Machine
A break out room in a Magic Music Machine session where an Activation is delivered
Magic Music Machine (MMM)
Shortened as “MMM”. The ongoing live training program to become a Music Machine ninja
Make an Album With Mike (MAWM)
Shortened as “MAWM”. A program where you finish an album in 3 months
One specific targeted action per week to build your music business and/or improve your mindset. Delivered through the Magic Music Machine program
Shorthand for “Make Music Your Life”. This is the “brand” name which everything is built upon. The mission of the brand is about two areas our coaching programs focus on: Making Music and Your Life
The complete production system for finishing music, often referred to as the “Trello template” or “Machine”. Formerly called the “Automatic Music Machine”
Shorthand for Purpose, Arc, Thing/Tension, Hooks, and Spaces. It’s a way of helping musicians provide self-feedback on what needs to improved in a song so that it can be finished, or new insights can be used for future songs
The moment where the Purpose is achieved, where the biggest release in tension happens. E.g. in EDM, the “drop”. In Pop, the “final chorus”
A song, track or composition
A PDF of a Magic Music Machine activation
A podcast by Mike Monday where he walks and talks about creativity.
Every coaching and live session starts by thinking about what went well in order to get our brain primed for solving problems & being creative
1st stage of the Make an Album With Mike (MAWM) program. Getting clear on why & what, so the how becomes clear for your album
Final stage of the Make an Album With Mike program. Finishing the tracks on your album through problem solving
What is this piece specifically ABOUT? (e.g. subject, story, journey, experience, message, emotions)
Quality THROUGH Quantity
In order to get to “quality,” focus on making a huge quantity of ideas first. Not to be mistaken with “quality OVER quantity”.
The final Music Machine stage where you’re solving problems to prepare a piece to release.
A section of a piece of music e.g. verse / chorus / groove
Where you put all pieces you're not working on this week for any reason.
The 3 dimensional arrangement of the audio (depth, width, height)
Making a musical idea of any length or size with zero focus on quality. Also the column in Trello where you put “Splurges” for at least 3 days before Direct Listening to them.
A type of coaching session for solving problems in your album in the Make an Album With Mike program
A podcast hosted by Mike Monday where he takes you through insights from his own album writing process.
The Release Decision
Is there enough information about your track to decide if it’s ready for the Release stage? Does it have a Purpose? Does the Arc, Thing/Pay-off, Hook, and Space express the Purpose?
The Tribe or Mighty
The Make Music Your Life community and central hub where you get access to training content, recordings, replays, coaching and support
The part or parts in a piece which happen when the Purpose or a piece is achieved. Usually they’re the parts which release the most tension when they return.
A way cooler word for brainstorming. Also a coaching session in Make An Album With Mike where you think about and talk about your music and progress.
Turbo X Attack
A live workshop (or course) taking musicians through a turbo process for making music.
Examples are (go from zero to rough demo in under 3 hours) and (a simple, easy, and fun lyric writing process)
Wins, Problems, Opportunities review
Pronounced like “You-ey” - shorthand for Your Unique Instrument. The combination of equipment, instruments, and effects that uniquely express you.