whenever I'm writing I find myself very easily swayed from doing so-- working with LSDJ can give you a headache or sometimes just listening to the same patterns over and over again can get very grating and boring. However, I find myself (when writing/composing music) with a greater predilection to do things entirely removed (one foot in, one foot out, whatever) from music. Sometimes listening to music is helpful (covox, NNNNNNNNNN, Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, Bokusatsu Shoujou koudou) , but more often than not I usually sit down and read, or watch internet.
IMPORTANT FOR BRAIN: Dr. Seuss, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard (these things help my brain move freely without the constraints of what could be construed as 'normal brain patterns')
IMPORTANT FOR SOUL: Minecraft, 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', 'The Phantom Creeps', The Muppett Show
Seriously, that is pretty much the sum of everything that goes into my music/composition.
I constantly roll this simple thing over in my head--
Dr. Seuss wrote 'The Cat in the Hat' using only a list of 200 words, and followed up with 'Green Eggs and Ham' using only 50. His ability to convey morals and teach reading concepts with constraints/rules reminds me very much of programming with LSDJ/nanoloop. The 'less is more' ethos is sometimes very easy to lose sight of, but with so many great artists having created so many great pieces of...art....it is very inspiring to think that one can do the same, following an almost identical formula (albeit with your own twists, we are indeed 'only human' after all)