I spent almost 4 hours composing and finally filled in all the gaps in my first composition! It now has a beginning, an end, and a middle. I feel talented and energised.
Before I started putting things together on my DAW, I thought that I already had all the pieces and just needed to glue them together. I was both right and wrong. The main melody hasn’t changed, and the overall structure is more or less what I expected it to be. But it turns out that there’s a lot of work which can only be done on a DAW. I didn’t realise how much until I started adding multiple instruments.
Since I started using my DAW, I’ve scrapped a lot of melodies, and I’ve made some new ones, too. I must have thrown away at least 70% of what I originally came up with. You really don’t need a lot to complete a medium-length work.
I think it’s going to take a lot of time for my composition to sound polished. Right now I have exactly 24 bars which I can safely label as ‘finished, or very nearly finished’. That’s not a lot. Everything else needs to be revised, edited, and shined.
On a side note, Studio One Prime is a wonderful program. It hasn’t crashed on me once. No bugs, either. It’s hard to believe that it’s free.