Occasionally I come across questions about how long an idea should take, or whether something that happened ‘quickly’ is a sign that it’s ‘good.’ Even more often I see boasts about how fast a piece of music was made, or at the opposite end how long something took to craft. These statements are painfully unscientific, irrelevant to the creation of music and they bore the shit out of me. So here’s the wrap: Some ideas capture you in a moment and propel you towards completion quicker than others. Some ideas take time to cultivate and need room to breathe, or even require several complete re-constructions from scratch. Some snare drums take days to layer and fit adequately into a mix. Sometimes you find a single sample that does exactly what you wanted it to in minutes. That doesn’t mean any of those ideas were necessarily good, bad, better or worse. You judge an idea on its output, not on its input. Something is done when it sounds done.

Occasionally I come across questions about how long an idea should take, or whether something that happened ‘quickly’ is a sign that it’s ‘good.’ Even more often I see boasts about how fast a piece of music was made, or at the opposite end how long something took to craft.

These statements are painfully unscientific, irrelevant to the creation of music and they bore the shit out of me. So here’s the wrap:

Some ideas capture you in a moment and propel you towards completion quicker than others.

Some ideas take time to cultivate and need room to breathe, or even require several complete re-constructions from scratch.

Some snare drums take days to layer and fit adequately into a mix. Sometimes you find a single sample that does exactly what you wanted it to in minutes.

That doesn’t mean any of those ideas were necessarily good, bad, better or worse. You judge an idea on its output, not on its input.

Something is done when it sounds done.

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