This is one I’ve heard of before yet haven’t used. If you have, please share your opinions/advice—thanks!
Feeling and freedom are the most important parts of creating a new song or musical idea and you kind of have to be able to get out of your own way to let it happen.
Don’t think perfection; in fact don’t really think at all. To be in the moment with your music, prepare your set up in advance so it’s at the ready.
This article, “The Importance of Scratch Tracks”, has some good pointers, particularly:
“Psychologically, scratch tracks are a temporary place marker. There is no pressure. With that relaxation comes cool moments.”
“Early takes are often best….The first couple of takes will have more energy. Maybe a few imperfections, but they’re inspired. By the end you will probably notice less [sic] mistakes, but a change in tone and performance. Almost a little dull and over performed. The best performances tend to be from the beginning to middle.”
Thank you SonicScoop.com
Steve Albini: the internet has solved the problem with music by Monica Tan, The Guardian
Tan notes that Albini possesses rare optimism on the state of the industry; that “the internet has offered a way of creating a sustainable career.” That much I can respect, as artists are taking their careers into their own hands now more than ever before. Tan also notes…
“…(on) copyright: …we should let go of all attempts to exert control over the distribution of works once they are released. He uses that word “release” in a literal sense – like “a bird or a fart.”
I suppose that depends on your standing in the business; many will take issue with it. See The Guardian link for related comments and join the dialogue.
Note as well this article discovered at BoingBoing, where artist/writer Molly Crabapple lays out “rules for creative success in the Internet age.” Specifically, her final words:
“The Internet will not save creators.
Social media will not save us. Companies will not save us. Crowd-funding will not save us. Grants will not save us. Patrons will not save us.
Nothing will save us but ourselves and each other.
Now make some beautiful things.”