Has this ever happened to you? You write something you think sounds TERRIFIC, and then the next time you hear it and it sounds like..well..like someone else snuck in and wrote some bad music in your piece..

The cause?

Maybe what you thought you were hearing wasn't what was actually playing?


Your musical critiquing ability and maturity just went up a notch?


someone DID sneak in and changed what you had written..

This ever happen to you? and what did you attribute it to?

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

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  • Drugs, including alcohol. Which may have their place in the creative process, but a reality check is always necessary.

  • I agree :)

    However once its sounds bad the next day, Id hope at least the alcohol or drugs would very clearly be the most obvious suspects..

    but I was talking more about those times when it really seems theres NO clear cut reason one can think of or find , for it now sounding SOOO bad--which I guess could then EASILY drive one to drink or drugs..

    where its sounds FINE again..and we're right back where we started..again..LOL:)

    Thanks for replying!

    Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

  • Surely that is part of the process, to figure out and experiment, to see how things sound altered.  That is the fun (for me) of composing.  I keep changing things until they do not annoy me any more.  I still revisit pieces that I have written over 30 years ago, and tweek them.  

  • Apart from whatever drugs I may have used, (which in most cases are beneficial rather than the opposite), my main culprit is an emotional state which justifies everything I write without much real justification, artistic or otherwise.

  • One thing that sometimes happens to me if I get very involved in fine details, then I might find that it sounds over-worked when I hear things in real time. If you spend hours over a few seconds, or even a few minutes, you need to step back regularly to avoid that time compression, and consult the "big picture". 

  • ....you need to step back regularly to avoid that time compression, and consult the "big picture". 

    I couldn't agree more John. It is very important to keep a track of where you are in a piece and where you are headed. Spending an undue amount of time on a problematic area is often better countered by moving on and going back to it later in order to maintain impetus to your flow.

  • Yeah. This happens more often than I'd like to admit. When working through a new composition I always step away for a day or two, and return to see if it developed any smells in my absence.

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