this past week @tehn was helping teach a masters course with the theme of juggling and music here in stockholm at the circus university. at one point he mentioned this idea of working on a project and having the most simple solution end up being the thing to do in the end. even if this solution or action didn’t actually take so much effort, time, energy, or personal growth. almost like a feeling of cheating. obviously this goes along with your expectations on how a particular process is going to turn out.
but parallel to this, the third teacher on the course, ivar heckscher, talks about necessity in relation to art. and that the best art is made up of content that is put there through necessity. i remember on an earlier tour that brian mentioned sometimes feeling slightly guilty for throwing a bass drum sample on one row of mlr and then mashing the other groups over it… as if that 4th group could have in one way been so much more. but the bass drum actually drove the whole composition, which couldn’t have existed without it.
i don’t think this is such a “how do i know when my album is finished” kind of thread. but rather, how do you know or judge or discover what is necessary for your art, and how do you filter out all the other expectations (from yourself, your peers, the community, society, etc.) to truly do what is right in the moment and leave all the other baggage behind?