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Re: Insecurities of Looping

Haha, last night I was having dinner with a friend (who really knows
his stuff). I told him that my dependence on loops for solo music
often makes me self-conscious that my sets sound like repetitive
elements circling around a drain. He told me that one of the things he
likes the most about my music is that it *doesn't* give him that
repetitive feeling.

I think the best musicians are always a bit self-critical of their own
work. It not only keeps you humble, but it will drive you to continue
to develop and refine your craft.

Just try to keep it in your head though - and keep in mind that many
of the compliments you receive are honest, heartfelt expressions of

It's hard making that transition from being a high school hobbyist to
a "local" musician with some success under your belt. The killer is
comparing your current work to that of your heroes. I remember being
upset that my early sound experiments in my mom's garage sounded
nowhere near as cool as Coil, Aphex Twin or Tortoise.

The best thing you can do is develop that critical ear - listen to
your own music. (Even if people will sometimes tease you about it.)
Pay attention to the moments that you think really work. Also pay
attention to the moments where it seems to get lost, or you're waiting
for the song to end, or when you wish the next thing would happen
sooner. Lastly, pay attention to the moments where you sound too much
like somebody else. As you continue to make music, you'll improve
these areas, if you're aware of them.

Matt Davignon
Podcast! http://ribosomematt.podomatic.com

On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM, k3zz21@gmail.com <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:
> I feel like even though I like my music, other people dont. Its a weird 
> feeling. I've had practically nothing but compliments which somewhat 
> scares me because im starting to thing people just do it to make me feel 
> good about myself. Does anybody get these feelings?