Originally Posted by MineralSounds
Well i do not only make edm but i also play gutiar a sing a compose things in that format.
Sometimes i find myself with fear of using weird chords such as diminished because i start to think people wont like them.
And that people, as she said to me, is to
1) Make music not for the pleasure of doing it, but for the compliments you may get (which is totally losing the point of artistic creation)
2) understimating te audience! Although like half of the teens nowadays want to be like pauly d and would
not like the song if it had another progression rather than C G Am F (or it's transpositions); the other half of the population still likes good music and is not afraid to hear some new harmonies or odd time signatures.
So that's the advice; make music without thinking if people are gonna like it and alter it for that.
that's kinda always been how i make music. it's a terrible mistake to start to identify too strongly with not just your creative process, not just your creations, but the reaction and response from audiences. tsk tsk. indeed, that kind of ego wank will end up you and your music disapearing up your own arse.
it's like in the ten dimensional maze book, that andromeda bettelnut bar thing, that's the best snackbar in the world, but you cannot get it if you want it. if you're not thinking about it, sure, then it will likely show up effortlessly. or like being cool. you cant be cool by trying to be cool. ;D or zen. it's the act of not doing. ..er.... idk if i'm starting to veer farther away from it with that. point is, if you're wasting all your thought and energy on the knock on results of the outcomes of your endeavors, they will remain joyless endeavors, and that joylessness will almost certainly start to be reflected in the work.
we're fragile, maliable, emotional beings. we are a tool to be taken care off just like any other in our kit. keeping that balance and not storming off like a diva is only part of it, albeit a rather grosse part. there's subtle but significant differences from the differing motivations.
i say this of all things really (especially to friends grumbling about work), but i think it most befitting of artwork & music:
"do it with joy, or not at all".
i am in total agreement with 1.
and 2, i am also in very enthusiastic emphatic agreement. RAISE THE FRIKN BAR! "does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?"... that was the question thrown around for ages, as if no one had the gumption to proclaim "YES! BOTH!", ~ let alone to point out the transcendent creative spark ~ so much ignorance to the feedback loop that's created... like a boards of canada track was named: "everything you do is a baloon".
i say, always leave a little of the bar out of reach... always put something on the higher shelves, try to make it so there's an endless curiosity-provokation with some mystery left at the end of every density or complexity the audience works through. of course, not all art need be doing this, but just so long as, like was said, they're not being fed a spoonful of brainrot.
thnx Mineral Sounds