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Offline marcb0t

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« on: April 26, 2016, 03:24:40 am »
Any of you guys have problems finishing tracks that you start. Like you start a million different songs, but only have like 2 or 3 ever finished.

I have a hard time getting into the right frame of mind to finish anything. The problem is that I have a million ideas, but so little drive to make progress. It kills me sometimes.  :'(

Anybody able to relate? Perhaps it relates to autism and executive function disorder symptoms that I have.
But it could just be a common issue with fellow musicians, which is why I'm asking here.

I don't know. Most of you guys on here seem to be able to finish songs pretty solidly, and consistently.

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2016, 04:43:57 pm »
It's a problem for me as well. I have a bunch of stuff that's unfinished that I don't really have the drive to work on. I might sometime, but for now they're just project files laying around.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2016, 05:17:13 pm »
It's a problem of all humans I think.
I have unfinished music, games, applications and ideas in my head. Deflemask was the only software that I have properly released so far but I have lot of stuff sleeping on in my computer (looking forward to release mobile apps soon).
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2016, 10:45:43 pm »
Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra has spent 20 years without producing original stuff - time during which he mainly dedicated himself to produce other bands' albums (was he playing with Travelling Wilburys at this time?).

As far as I'm concerned, creativity is an exercise, and while I'm experiencing a lot of what you describe myself, I believe that much of this lack of motivation and creativity has to do with being afraid of producing something "lame". It's like fear of failure or obsession for perfection.

I also believe that while you don't have ideas for music, what you can do is maybe make tributes to other artists and explore genres different to the ones you're used to work with. I had been stuck to metal for the longest time and only relatively recently I found a way into opening up to many more genres, including Spanish (instrumental) folklore.

(Currently making a tribute to Maldita Castilla with, hopefully, not natively-clipping instrument volumes :P)

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2016, 11:15:05 pm »
Thank you guys for your feedback!  :D

It's good to know that I'm not alone. Yeah, I find working on covers would be easier at these times. Even though my head is swimming with ideas and untapped potential.

And I am pretty obsessive with getting sounds "just right". Although other people's ideas for this standard can be greater, but more often people are satisfied with less than my best. But I can't stand to release a song that sounds half-hearted. So I get stuck on microscopic details and wear my self out.