I think Trent Reznor has an interesting way of approaching music. He lets sound design be part of the writing process. So, he might start with a drum loop, and then keep adding to it until a song emerges. He doesn’t do with every song but it’s refreshing to hear music without much of a formula. Also, I like that he sits in a studio without a band and creates this intense sound pretty much by himself… kind of like a cartoonist.
I’ve always wanted to make music. There have been a couple of times I have tried to learn instruments but I have just given up before I get over the learning hump. Then I have to start over from scratch. I seriously want to make music in some capacity at some point.
When I do, it will likely be by myself with a computer and sound.