How can I produce music without the thought of impressing someone or for the sake of fame?

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dasen
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81 posts since 15 May, 2012

Post Fri May 17, 2019 8:08 am

Hey,

I have produced music on and off for about 10 years. But most often when I get a good idea down and I feel it has potential to be a great song, my mind turns into perfectionist mode with thoughts of impressing others with my music, comparing the songs against other similar songs or simply for the sake of fame.

I do music for fun and I enjoy every minute of it. But these thoughts pop in every time I make music and then I fall into a perfectinist trap where I have to perfect every small details until i'm satisfied.

Tips?

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vurt
addled muppet weed
44317 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: How can I produce music without the thought of impressing someone or for the sake of fame?

Post Fri May 17, 2019 8:13 am

just do it?

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el-bo (formerly ebow)
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11848 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Re: How can I produce music without the thought of impressing someone or for the sake of fame?

Post Fri May 17, 2019 9:05 am

dasen wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 8:08 am
I have to perfect every small details until i'm satisfied.
If you are not satisfied without perfecting every small detail then why would you not do so?

Some people throw stuff together and are happy with the results, while others need to sculpt every last detail until they feel it is right. No different to other forms of art where some painters are happy to slap, daub or literally throw paint at the walls, while others have a far more exacting style.

Neither way is incorrect, and a lot of it depends on genre as to how far down the rabbit-hole you can go. Also, if you are just putting something out as an acoustic jam or modular synth jam, then it is unlikely to call for much polishing, if any at all.

Personally, I have spent far too much time having to excuse all of the things I don't like about my music. I have the option to just throw stuff out, and let go of my misgivings about the results, or ensure that I never let anything 'out' until it is the best I can do at that moment in time. In the end, I am resigned to never putting anything out again unless I feel that it matches my expectations going in.

Again! Neither way is incorrect, and there is no judgement against people who have different approaches.

Ultimately, If you get joy from the process of making the music to the potential you feel it has, then just keep going. Maybe look to other artists that have that same meticulous process. Here are some examples that really exemplify that precision. Every tiny click is exactly where it is supposed to be:

BT - Somnambulist

This song holds the Guinness World Record for most vocal edits in a single recording. It has 6,178 edits all done completely by hand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iFizEkfEAQ

The acapella version:

https://soundcloud.com/bt/bt-somnambulist-simply-being

edIT - Ants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j81fYZVvFh4

Trifonic - Parks On Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4R1nl_UbSk

Amen Tobin - Journeyman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se7w6pqBBxg

Another artist that just blows me away is Imogen Heap. All of her albums are available as deluxe versions that contain the original versions, along with the instrumentals. Becoming familiar with the songs and then listening to the amount of detail that goes into the music is a real education in arrangement, and how using delicate hints and constant evolving of textures can really make a song so much more interesting. That she engineers, and produces it all in her home studio makes it so much more of an incredible achievement, imo :tu:

Imogen Heap -- Goodnight and Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk8EtvBnaJA

Instrumental version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbcntTBzBEU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui-DxSx8iek

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