How Much Work Does It Take

November 16, 2016


Welcome to my blog, where you'll never really know what I'm gonna talk about next.


This week it's about work. How much work, to be precise.


As an artist, it fascinates me how much work is put into an art piece.

What is a really interesting thing to understand is that the perception of how much work was put into an art piece is completely subjective to the viewers experience and knowledge of that specific medium. Someone with zero understanding of video production, for example, will almost always think it takes a lot less work to get it done; I can say from this from experience.  


Video production is time consuming; that is just what it comes down to. 

Music isn't much different. There are lots of work before you get to hear the final product. Countless hours are put into it.  To give you a small sense of how much work goes into doing music, I will show and explain how I made one of my songs.

I have never really talked about how I make my music because most of my friends are musicians and they already know the drill.


There are different ways to make music. Some bands like recording it live, meaning that you will perform as a band with all of the band members playing at the same time in the same room. Most bands take the approach of multi-tracking the song, meaning that each instrument will be recorded separately and isolated from the other instruments and then later on put together in studio.


I take the multi-tracking approach since I have a home studio and produce my own music, so if you want to know more about live recording there are great articles online explaining more about it.

It all starts when I'm feeling this curiosity come into my mind and creativity is pouring out of my soul.  At that point I need to let it out so it can be stored onto something.  In this case, I sit on the keyboard and start playing with the notes until something sounds good.  

 Please understand that I don't know how to play the piano nor keyboard but I am creative and have a basic understanding of how it works; and that is more than enough for me.  Now it's where it becomes interesting, or perhaps the right word would be, complex.

I need to choose the sounds I want and record what I am playing.
I use Fruity Loops for the creation of most of my music.  Fruity Loops it's just a sequencer like any other; filled with possibilities.

In sequencers you are the composer, the maestro, the performer and the producer.  It is up to you to make each instrument sound just the way you want them to.  To do that, you do a lot of knob turning, slide moving and mouse clicking.

Once I have all the instruments I want to use in the song, it is time to record them and add them together.  

Note that you can add or remove instruments at anytime during this process and that's usually what will happen.

It is important to know that the vast majority of artist don't get everything right on the first try. It isn't how creativity usually works.  In a drawing, for example, the eraser isn't a tool of shame. An eraser is simply a tool to be used.  Lines need to be corrected; imperfections need to be fixed; highlights need to be done.  Those are all things the eraser can do to improve a drawing.  Erasing happens throughout the entire process.  In music the same happens.  You change notes or patterns, play a different beat or cut things apart.  You could be almost done wi