My first piece, ‘Onwards‘, is finally complete. Two days ago, I spent hours rushing to get it finished before my self-imposed deadline. The end result is a long way off from perfect, but for a first attempt, it’s close enough to what I wanted to express.
If I learnt something in the last few hours of working on ‘Onwards’, it’s that you should always listen to your music with every device you own before you declare it finished. I wasted about 2 hours nitpicking my mix on my computer. Once I rendered it and sent it to my phone, I realised that it sounded terrible.
I panicked. Since I have no way of running Reaper on my phone, I had to go back and forth between devices; I’d listen to a rendered file on my phone, go back to my computer and make changes, then render it and move the new file to my phone. It was a time-consuming, tedious process.
But there are still plenty of changes I need to make to the mix, as Crystal commented. I think I’ll work on those sporadically. I really want to start working on my second composition—not just because I want to immerse myself in a fresh project, but also because I suspect that I can learn most about composing by writing lots of different pieces.
My music may not be objectively good right now, but I’m still glad I decided to compose when I did. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can progress and succeed (or so I hope).