Create a 21st century patchbay
It’s rumoured that a dance act of the late ’90s started their tracks by randomly re-patching their mixing desk. They might end up with a synth line channelled through the EQ, compressor, distortion and reverb chain of the bassline, or the drums might get sent through the vocal channel. Sometimes a curious magic would throw up a random idea they’d use. Who cares if it’s an urban myth – it’s a great idea. Drag your sounds from their ‘intended’ tracks in your DAW to another and see if anything piques your interest. It might set you on a new creative road.