There is one old thought I used to have about art that feels alive, as if they were more than simple musical notes and strokes. It was an idea called the Emet Element, the ingredient that just makes everything feel like bearing a soul. And as I managed to mend this broken stream, I feel it is something to be sought after.
This certain element feeling like a soul seems to be more evident when I try them in other styles. It’s how dense they are in quintessence that their liveliness is beyond the result of its own media and original instrument of creation, so the core essence of the production seems to be easily reproduced in other styles without corruption.
The wise choice of a few lines and notes can make the difference, and it’s not about adding a billion little details to the armor pieces and a thousand layers of cloth. When coming to more simple styles and creating soulful art, the base line is what will remain, so it’s important the later layers aren’t even remotely the defining element of the work.
As an analogous force, it is in music with melodies that won’t work simply in its original instrument, but that have such an original meaning that all instruments will give you the same feeling. The point is, it comes from the song itself, not from the instrument. Also, in visual arts it’s about character design, for instance, in which the characteristics can be easily recognized. For instance, Darth Vader’s appearance is paid homage everywhere, as simple as it is to transfer the tone of character to all styles. It’s something about quality instead of quantity.