|How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
With TRAPBOMB it's the drop of the finger.
You just know. You just get that feeling. In a way, though, you never know. A change may occur to you much later after playing it many times over.
By the way it makes me feel - if it sounds complete then it is complete. If not, then back to the drawing board. Often less is more.
When the embodiment of the entire composition feels and sounds complete. On occasion, I'll have a colleague critique the "piece".
Once I've put in every possible element I can think of (fills, syncopation, build ups, breakdowns, sound fx), I listen to it on loop and check for technical faults with the mix.
After a quick mixdown (normally at night) I put it on my IPod to listen to while travelling on the way to work the following day.
It's at this point when I'm subconciously listening to it on the train that I realise what bits are missing/what needs to be taken out.
The hardest part. If its a piece for someone else then thats easy because you have a set time frame to put the music into.
Its like being an artist and having a piece of canvas that is infinite. If someone tells you that the piece of music can only be 10 minutes long suddenly that canvas becomes alot smaller and enables you to scale what youre doing into a specific slot.
This can then lead you realise where changes might take place, or a great bass line can be introduced or even a complete sudden shift of pace such as tempo changes etc can be introduced.
On the other hand if I am just freestyling and writing ideas they can either go on forever or be 1 minute long...it all depends on the sounds and music.
Well I always want it to be a catchy tune, so it's hard to tell when a song's finished, but I think it just clicks when you get the right melody with the right lyrics and stuff. Sometimes I'll "wrap up" a song, and then a month later, I'll have an amazing idea, and go back to the paper and edit the song. That happens with almost all of my songs, because all of the good songs I've written are the ones that have been edited.
I just know. I have been composing as long as I can remember since Elementary
I just feel when it doesn't need any more changes, it sounds good and people like it. Usually I feel it when I make something small.
When you are producing a song, each part you do you keep coming up with more ideas and keep changing it untill it sounds just right, and you know there is nothing more you can do to it and that there is nothing more you can do to it as it sounds just right. That's when you know it needs no more changes. And when you put it all together and it sounds exactly like you imagined it.
a song is rarely ever finished because different people have different opinions. but on our own side, we can say a song is finished when it has the vibe and quality we have thought of it to be.
I think an artist always knows when this happens. When your soul is content and cant stop singing the tune for a day or two, you know its good and ready!
when I play through and arrange it using midi. if it doesn't sound right, back to the drawing board. When a song is done, It's got to sound full to me. I seem to hear a lot of pop songs now, that just leave me empty, and no, I'm not looking for really big epic endings, such as that found on Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence!
When I have to think about rather it represents me or not. Or when I sing it and it doesn't feel right.
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