- finalize a small case
- dedicate more time on teletype coding
- trying to “compose” again something
- 1 live
- maybe change work ahahaha
ah and arranging a modular meeting in Italy
ah and arranging a modular meeting in Italy
I feel like after many years of messing around with piano and guitar I’ve found out that the instrument I’m truly in love with is the cello. So I want to play it a lot!
I also want to get a firmer, more practical grasp of the music theory I’ve been deriving from the perceptual mechanisms behind harmony. I want to bring it into improvisation and composition.
I’d also like to produce a “piece of art”; vaguely some kind of finished whole, because I feel that hasn’t really happened yet (and because I want to). And I’d like to do it collaboratively.
It can be hard to share your music with the world, spend time with people close to you, and it can be hard to share your opinion.
2018’s goal is to share more comments and music with this community, write more software outside of work, and spend more time meeting new people and deepening existing relationships.
2017’s goal was to build out a studio and get a decent practice space to record. Feb 2018 I’ll have the final touches of that studio complete.
Lastly, I’d like to release an EP before my birthday next October and play quite a few local shows this summer.
For budgeting I use a banking app called “Simple” which helped me got out of debt last year and make a music space.
For notes I used a mark down app called “Bear” a to keep my first ever personal journal and music log.
I also created a personal Slack for myself to collect music ideas, videos, articles, etc, and organize them.
I made a goal to write in the new music space MWF in the evenings right after work. I didn’t even go eat, I just went straight to the studio. I find that if I relax after work, I don’t write music for the most part.
Love this community btw, I couldn’t have gotten through 2017 without it.
I want to release some solo music that I’ve been working on. That will be the first time I release music that is not part of a band and also stuff I’ve engineered and mixed myself. It will be kind of a departure of my comfort zone with guitar driven indie rock (which I actually want to reconnect with as well) and be more focused on more free form stuff that has been very close to my heart for a long time. I also want to play at least 1 solo impro show, and also do some new collaborations within this field of work (impro, modular, sampling, field recordings).
As a new member of this forum I’m super exited to get involved in all the fantastic projects here. I have ambitions to participate in several Disquiet Junto/LCRP.
Non music related:
Run a half maraton
Traveling together with my girlfriend
Spend more time outdoors
Spend more time with my family
Explore some new ways of cooking
Last year I made my 2017 list fairly quickly after @marcus_fischer initiated the “Goals” thread on Lines. I made that list casually, not even really thinking that I’d revisit it, though I did find myself revisiting it. This year I took it more seriously, and did a fairly thorough pass through my personal priorities as December was coming to an end.
# Making Music/Sound
Guitar/Theory: continue to play daily + to take lessons weekly
Synth/Software: continue to play/learn multiple times weekly
Coding: focus on a language for 2018 (maybe Processing?)
Record/Post/Document: do better job of all three
# Other Music-Related Stuff
Next Music/Sound Book: make major progress on rough draft
This Week in Sound newsletter: publish regularly
Disquietude podcast: publish monthly
Junto: increase extra-project activities; SoGOtP re: website
Disquiet.com: redesign + introduce guest posts
Freelance Writing: one solid piece per month
Big Side Project: re-invigorate and do it up
Fiction: complete draft
Handwriting: write more slowly/neatly
Social media: continue to participate, but a little more selectively
Meditate: more often
Exercise: keep current habits + get back to gym once a week
Anything bigger? More speaking engagements, nifty creative gigs, other stuff? Dunno. We’ll see.
Joining this community was one of my initial goals, as it ties into my overarching goal of being more intentional. More intentional with my health: regular gym attendance, meditation, mental health. More intentional with my time: focusing more on solo music, pulling some other creative irons out of the fire. More intentional with my relationships: less acquaintances, more time with good friends.
Also, maybe being a dad? Construction around the house and garden maintenance all implied.
What a wonderful idea to voice these to a supportive community, it’s been great reading everyone’s perspective and goals.
I’m trying to keep it simple, knowing that this year is likely going to be packed and have some professional changes in it.
A couple very tangible things I’m starting to work on these:
If it is a disaster, you’ll have a much easier time improving on the next one!
By the way, if any of your goals include making improvements in the area of public speaking, product marketing, strategy development or program management I’d be happy to help you and no that’s not an ad. If you know something about document layout for printing (for my ridiculous little zine project that looks like this but is printed out and mailed in an actual envelope) I’d love to chat with you. And if you are a musician in the greater DC area and would like me to buy you a beer and let me ask you questions, by all means, let me know.
Thanks all for this thread. Sharing below to make tangible:
-> Get community studio launch’d
-> Solidify new performance practice ideas for upcoming gigs
-> First shows/visit in Berlin(!)
-> Summer east coast tour - West coast next winter (?)
-> Get decent with Arduino, complete a few projects (solenoid percussion, plant sensor -> CV generator?)
-> Get better with Unity/C# - no more hacking way thru VR stuff
-> “Press coverage” (feel like this is selfish but going to own this desire anyways)
-> More stable financially. More proactive w/freelance + pursue new $ opportunities. Student debt management!
-> Better planning + organization for teaching day gig
-> Confidence! Present self more ‘professionally’ (whatever that means)
-> No cigs! (quit late, '17, trying to keep it going)
-> Healthy balance of wide-open dreaming vs focused actionable ideas
-> Cook more, get away from black coffee/clif bar diet, etc. Be mindful of health + self-care.
I do goals a little bit differently — I initiated this new system last year on a recommendation from my father actually, and I think it worked well for me last year. Of course, different systems work better for different people, ymmv, etcetc.
I break my yearly goals up into three types:
Reach Goals — these are goals that seem really challenging, potentially impossible to attain in one year, but putting in work towards these goals will start to yield tangible results as time goes on. Could be thought of as more like 2-3 year goals that you should start towards now.
Medium Goals — these are goals that are challenging, but theoretically doable, in one year if you work at them regularly.
"Easy" Goals — for lack of a better term…these are goals that are more “traditional,” in the sense that they’re likely day-to-day changes, and are things that require dedication through the year but, in the end, should be readily attainable with diligence.
The idea is to shoot for 1 Reach Goal, 2 Medium Goals, and 2+ “Easy” Goals. So…
Minimum of 5-6 releases from artists I produce
Social Time Management — build time with friends out in the city in a non-networking capacity. Harder than it seems on paper, given my propensity to hermit and overwork myself.
1 gig of any kind per month
Continue progress on learning Racket + polish / advance / utilize FE repitoire
Re-learn soldering (DIY one module)
Listen more and better
Learn what I already have and consolidate if/when necessary. No new substantial purchases on creative gear (excluding the ER-301 which I tried to order prior to 31 Dec).
Participate in more collaborative projects. Actively seek these out.
Participate in the discussion and activities here more often
Prepare something for release through a label (as I don’t have the time/expertise to self release)
I do believe that if one uses every minute to do what one believe is the right thing to do goals become unnecessary, but that hasn’t worked out all that well in 2017, so maybe it’s time to make myself accountable for what I want do in 2018
So here we go:
I was really inspired by last year’s goals thread, it really showed what kind of people are flocking around here and that was impressive. So here are mine:
There’s more, which kinda frightens me, which consequently tells me I should cut down and focus on the biggest priority.
in 2017 i started a small vegan kimchi business and started down the modular path, so most 2018 goals are tied to those things:
happy 2018 everybody! good luck with your checklists!
Gawdalmighty I do love kimchi and it loves me. Good luck with that.
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