The thing that got me back into making music, besides the pandemic, was picking up the two Behringer acid boxes clones (the 606 and 303 clones). They are super fun, sound amazing, are really stupid, and you can legitimately record an acid track from beginning to end in only slightly longer than the actual runtime of the track using them.
The other thing I realized is that, at least for me personally, although it is somewhat disappointing to have nowhere near the free time to write and perfect the next drill n bass masterpiece or whatever, it is _almost as fun_ to just record down some jams. I really enjoy just stacking up a little audio journal of a bunch of jams. This pleases me.
I don’t know why! I experimented with uploading some, it didn’t really do much for me to do so. I send some to friends sometimes. I dunno. The funnest part is just… having them? Listening back to them sometimes?
I got a decent Zoom recorder so I can push record, record whatever I’ve got that seems interesting, and then when it’s done, I just turn off the lights and go to bed. Later I take the files off the SD card in batches and clean them up or whatever.
I sort of agree with the sentiment earlier in the thread that the days of writing an electronic album in your bedroom and then having that mean anything to you in terms of a career, or for it to even result in significant acclaim such that your life may change in any way, are mostly over. But I actually sort of think of that as a good thing. A lot of the unhealthy ways that musicians relate to their music (for example, obsessively wanting to perfect it) are in my opinion essentially because we’ve been trained for so long to think of music as a product that must be packaged up to _compete in a marketplace_.
If we’re not competing for ears or dollars anymore then what does it matter if the build up of my intro is more finely tuned than the build up of your intro? What if a song “goes on too long” if you’re not trying to sell it to anyone? Or if “acid is played out”? Or any of the typical measurements of a track? My tune isn’t “mastered well” enough or whatever? Well like… mastered for whom? And why? TO WHAT END??
I guess this might sound silly but I think once you stop thinking of songs as products to be sold you sort of have to start questioning everything about what seemed to be the practice of even being a musician, at least from before. Better to just zone out and… EXPLORE THE SPACE??