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  • #16
    Discounting when I'm working on my stuff, I listen to my recent stuff often enough.



    As someone said above, whenever I pass new things off to others, be it a publisher, a friend, player, I tend to give it a listen. i get curious and want to know what I'm passing on to others.



    And as we all know, the more time that passes between creating it and listening offers very different perspectives. This reminds me of what I do that is good and what I don't like so much and I'd like to change in my next effort. And since I've gotten better at writing things I truly like I tend to enjoy listening to it to 1 degree or another
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    • #17
      I don't really bother to record anything I write these days---I write for cathartic reasons, mostly. Once I've written something, I'm pretty much done with it. And I had basically the same attitude when I was recording a lot of the stuff I was writing in the band days. Once it was finished, it was time to move on to the next piece. There wasn't really a lot of time or reason to sit around listening to yesterday's work.



      I recently went through a pile of old tapes and converted them to digital, so it was fun and interesting to listen to all the old stuff with fresh ears, but after a couple of days of that initial thrill I haven't listened to them since. But they are there if I ever get the urge.



      As far as the cover band goes, we video most shows with a cam on a tripod or hand-held and play it back on the trip home from the gig the next day as a learning/critique tool. If there is anything good on there I think I might need for demo purposes I'll save it, otherwise it gets deleted.
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      • #18
        I listen to a lot of the stuff I write. I'm always trying to improve it, and sometimes I just listen amazed that I actually came up with some of it lol.



        I also record practices and listen to see how the band is progressing. I try to send copies to everybody and hope they'll listen as well.
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        • #19






          Quote Originally Posted by stevesherbert
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          i don't mean to be a jerk, but i have a question for the guys who rarely or never listen to their own work:



          If YOU can't stand hearing your own music, how can you justify subjecting ANOTHER person's ears to it?



          i understand that after spending months on a project, you'd want to step away from it, but if you never reach the point where you want to step back towards it, then what was the purpose of making it?




          The control impulse.



          If you are critical and always want to make what you do better, then sometimes it is hard to listen with a forgiving ear to your own stuff. Very few projects get released after every single person involved has exactly what they want out of each performance.



          But you know that, don't you?
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          • #20






            Quote Originally Posted by 3shiftgtr
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            The control impulse.



            If you are critical and always want to make what you do better, then sometimes it is hard to listen with a forgiving ear to your own stuff. Very few projects get released after every single person involved has exactly what they want out of each performance.




            That, and I think for many people creating music is an ongoing process of moving forward. You don't always need to keep looking at old photographs to know you've been somewhere.
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            • #21
              I make music that I want to listen to. I put our CD on every couple of months, and occasionally go through my GarageBand and iTunes files to give a listen.
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              • #22






                Quote Originally Posted by 3shiftgtr
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                The control impulse.



                If you are critical and always want to make what you do better, then sometimes it is hard to listen with a forgiving ear to your own stuff. Very few projects get released after every single person involved has exactly what they want out of each performance.



                But you know that, don't you?




                well i've worked with people like this, and it sucks! chicken ****************s are too afraid to release anything that isn't 'done', and so of course nothing ever gets released. of course i always want to make what i do better, which is why once i finish making one thing, i begin work on another!



                if i find myself working on something that i can't stand listening to, that's my sign to scrap the song and start on something else! why anyone would write and record original music that they don't enjoy is a mystery to me (unless there is $$$ involved, of course)

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                • #23






                  Quote Originally Posted by stevesherbert
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                  well i've worked with people like this, and it sucks! chicken ****************s are too afraid to release anything that isn't 'done', and so of course nothing ever gets released. of course i always want to make what i do better, which is why once i finish making one thing, i begin work on another!




                  So then you certainly can understand how a person, critical in nature, who has moved on to the next project, doesn't want to listen to the old project to be reminded of what they are not happy with. It's not a matter of not being able to 'stand' listening to it. It's a matter of listening to it as a creator of the music rather than as a listener of the music. Some people just can't turn of being a creator when they listen.
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                  • #24
                    What was nice on the last one is we had a strict deadline by Jens Bogren to fit into his schedule for mixing. So we HAD to be done by then. Now that we're hopefully doing the mixing ourselves, I hope we can let it go. Perfectionism is a big strength/weakness of our band.
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                    • #25






                      Quote Originally Posted by 3shiftgtr
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                      So then you certainly can understand how a person, critical in nature, who has moved on to the next project, doesn't want to listen to the old project to be reminded of what they are not happy with. It's not a matter of not being able to 'stand' listening to it. It's a matter of listening to it as a creator of the music rather than as a listener of the music. Some people just can't turn of being a creator when they listen.




                      I can relate to this even though I don't see myself anywhere near the level of the great ones. I think there is this implication that we have to be great or have credentials before we can speak of our own work in this way. I certainly don't want to be seen as comparing myself to a "real musician", but at the same time: yeah, I can't listen and enjoy music I've created in the same way as I listen to other music. It's kind of a curse. I'm always hearing things I wish I'd done better.
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                      • #26






                        Quote Originally Posted by 3shiftgtr
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                        So then you certainly can understand how a person, critical in nature, who has moved on to the next project, doesn't want to listen to the old project to be reminded of what they are not happy with. It's not a matter of not being able to 'stand' listening to it. It's a matter of listening to it as a creator of the music rather than as a listener of the music. Some people just can't turn of being a creator when they listen.




                        i think that this kind of person needs to realize that the song and the singer (or the player) are two different things. they need to learn to let go of the song and let it become its own thing, while at the same time they need to let themselves become something new as well. of course there are going to be parts that you wish you'd done differently, but if you had gone the obsessive perfectionist route, the song would never have been completed in the first place!

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                        • #27
                          I hate listening to myself or band doing covers.. I catch every little thing.



                          With originals, I find myself listening to 80% of what I wrote and recorded solely, and am drawn to it, and like to think in my head that I would change this or that, most often resulting in me feeling like I screwed it up. My own remakes of old tunes were all a huge disappointment.



                          In stuff I've collaborated on, I've felt pretty mixed on the downward side. I always end up unhappy with the final product, kick myself for not thinking of a better guitar line here and there, dislike the tone, wish I used a tele for this song and a LP for that song.. etc..



                          I feel like the tortured musician, but without the success. I always fall back to the stuff I wrote between 88-93.. it sounds timeless to me, and I love the melodies I came up with then. I'm working on a new concept project that will likely never see the light of day because I know I have something great, but am unable to properly shape it. Should have kept up on those theory classes :/ lol
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                          • #28
                            i listen to my stuff all the time. the problem is that when i do i often find a need to re-mix them. again and again.

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