At 2/20/11 02:42 PM, RedFuelTank wrote:
I have trouble continuing songs after I finish composing about 3-4 measures for all instruments.
- Do you guys work on each instrument one at a time throughout the whole song? Or do you do what I do as well?
It depends on what I do or I want to do. For instance, abstract experimental tracks last a few minutes while some other tracks might hit the 10 minutes mark. Regarding instruments, I sometimes have a clear idea about the number of instruments I could use and I play around with them until I am satisfied with the results. I first choose the samples to reproduce, I modify them - if required - and I build the tracks soon after.
I have this notion that every second of each song has to be interesting in some way.
True. But length also lies into this statement... If you give importance to every bit of your track, length will be a secondary thought, as you make your way through.
- That's not true is it? Techniques to prolong songs can have positive effects on the listener as well, right?
Again, it depends. In case of purely textural or meditative Ambient music (Steve Roach-like, for example), the longer a piece is, the better the effect. In some genres, repetition and looping could blend well, if used sparingly.
Any tips and tricks to shorten work time would be greatly appreciated.
I can give you tips to actually spend further time on your works. XD
I know it's not easy to let your ideas come true, for a number of reasons... limits regarding your DAW such as instruments, samples, interface limits, etc. Time will eventually pay you off with experience, and it will make you sure if you're doing right or wrong. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, and learn from them. Experiment with every single bit of information your DAW gives to you.
I hope I was helpful, in some ways ;D