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What are your goals, musically, for the following year? Do you want to master a new instrument? Do you intend to be signed to a commercial label? Do you strive to get posted on ocr (or to do so x# of times)? Do you want to improve your production skills enough so your sampled instrumentation sounds realistic? Do you desire to do something entirely groundbreaking within (or without) the known musical world? Do you want to be able to finally play Bloody Tears on the piano at full speed? (yeah, that last one is mine)

Yes, I know this thread is strange coming from me, as I've capitalized on right about zilch of any innate musical talent I might have (and since I rarely post in comm). But a quest for quantification and associated curiosity wouldn't let me be.

I'm curious how individuals of such varying levels of talent, experience, chutzpah, and luck gauge themselves. Are your goals professional? Or personal? Have certain types of goals worked for you while other types haven't? Have any hard/good luck stories to share with insight that stands to benefit others?

And most importantly:

-how to you plan to achieve your goal(s)?

-how will you measure your progression?

My thought is for this to be open for anyone who cares to thoughtfully post, regardless of ability level. This is not a self-help thread. This is a declaration and explanation of goals (with, if you desire, reasons for past successes/failures). And it does not matter what your affiliation (or lack thereof) with ocr is, so long as your goals are musical in nature.

We're early for New Year's, but Christmas break is fast approaching for many, so I figured it'd be best to get them noggins working early.

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I have a lot of goals. To finish a full Shael Riley & the Double Ice Backfire album. To finish a full Mozyiac album. To create, co-write and produce a hip-hop album with MF Snakes. To produce a techno unts unts unts album for injury. To co-headline a UK tour with SRTDIB. All of these are easily within the realm of possibility. But it's hard to find time to work on them.

My goal for 2010 is to find the time to do ALL the things I want to do. If it takes withdrawing from society and living in a dungeon for a year, so be it.

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Not sure I have any new goals for the new year, just continue on my existing ones:

- Get better at singing, in particular, more ctrl over vocal mechanism. Re-started voice lessons a couple of months ago, will continue with this.

- Get better at guitar. This just needs practice and lessons if I have questions.

- Get better at producing/making music. Need to spend more time making music on the computer.

- Finish some of my remix ideas.

- Write more original music.

- Promote my music and Flickerfall and our album more.

It's a lot, but music is my priority and I can and will make at least some progress in all of those things, a year is a long time ^_^ In fact I did some of each of those things in '09 so here's to continuing that in '10.

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-Learn FL Studio better (which I kinda do now that I have to use it for what I once used audition for, courtesy of me being unable to use Audition on my new computer)

-Create some ORIGINAL music for once, as opposed to the endless remixes I seem to make

-Find a song I can remix to a suitable, ocremix quality. Not necessarily make one, but at least find one.

And above all:

-sticking to my goal of not releasing anything until I finish university!

^^

My goal for 2010 is to find the time to do ALL the things I want to do. If it takes withdrawing from society and living in a dungeon for a year, so be it.

Should I be worried that this sounds like me when uni is on?

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EDIT: I might as well put my 2009 accomplishments here, too. :wink:

-Released three albums (if you include an EP)

-Got four OLR mixes posted, fifth pending

-Got one R:TS mix accepted (afaik)

-Contributed to an album project

-Made approximately 1.5 gillion OHC entries

As for 2010, I'm trying to get an original album done, though I don't have any specific goals for it at the moment.

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Get all of the pieces I've written over the past couple of years actually played and recorded like I've wanted to.

Get my sequencer chops back after losing them by having mauscript stuffed in my face.

Write more awesome musicz.

Secure some type for future for myself that doesn't involve taking out massive loans to go to college.

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  • Finish track for an upcoming project (I'll possibly end up starting on that this year)
  • Make at least 2 non-project OCReMixes. I'll be lucky to finish one of my own remixes this year, and I have so many ideas, damn it!
  • Make at least a couple Flickerfall songs, ideally a cover and an original
  • Keep practicing the guitar so that I can be a musician who can actually play music

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1. Make music

2. Don't not make music

yup, works for me.

Well, maybe pick up some books on advanced theory and learn how to modulate into other keys and shit without trial and error/sheer luck.

Independent hands on piano wouldn't hurt either.

And maybe get rid of that annoying early stage carpal tunnel syndrome that i've had for 2 years now; keeps me from playing guitar for more than half an hour.

But yeah, most importantly, steady output.

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What are your goals, musically, for the following year? Do you want to master a new instrument? Do you intend to be signed to a commercial label? Do you strive to get posted on ocr (or to do so x# of times)? Do you want to improve your production skills enough so your sampled instrumentation sounds realistic? Do you desire to do something entirely groundbreaking within (or without) the known musical world? Do you want to be able to finally play Bloody Tears on the piano at full speed? (yeah, that last one is mine)

Become more awesoem at singing/rapping/other vocal things; get signed or be indie; master guitar AND piano; I shall get at least one remix in; my beats already sound real; I want to be revolutionary in whatever way that I can. Maybe lyricism, I don't know.

OMG I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PLAY BLOODY TEARS AT FULL SPEED TOO!

Yes, I know this thread is strange coming from me, as I've capitalized on right about zilch of any innate musical talent I might have (and since I rarely post in comm). But a quest for quantification and associated curiosity wouldn't let me be.

Ok.
I'm curious how individuals of such varying levels of talent, experience, chutzpah, and luck gauge themselves. Are your goals professional? Or personal? Have certain types of goals worked for you while other types haven't? Have any hard/good luck stories to share with insight that stands to benefit others?
Both.
And most importantly:

-how to you plan to achieve your goal(s)?

-how will you measure your progression?

I don't know. :( I have been trying.
My thought is for this to be open for anyone who cares to thoughtfully post, regardless of ability level. This is not a self-help thread. This is a declaration and explanation of goals (with, if you desire, reasons for past successes/failures). And it does not matter what your affiliation (or lack thereof) with ocr is, so long as your goals are musical in nature.
Well, I've gotta get even more serious.
We're early for New Year's, but Christmas break is fast approaching for many, so I figured it'd be best to get them noggins working early.
Yes, Christmas album.
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-Get a lot better at the clarinet. I want to spend at least a few hours every day practicing. That was impossible this semester because of full time school+work, but I'm backing off on the course load.

-Write a bunch of music for my friends and record them performing it. I've got a recorder that I might be able to use for this, but I need to get some microphones and experiment with them. I've certainly got a long way to go in terms of recording knowledge and I might just go to a studio or something.

And

Do you want to improve your production skills enough so your sampled instrumentation sounds realistic?

This has been a long time goal of mine. Maybe with only 12 hours of classes in the spring and no classes in the summer, I can make some headway on this. I'd be delighted if I could produce some orchestral stuff in the vein of, say, Nutritious.

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For once I actually have some musical goals. Though I'm well-behind anyone else here.

- Learn to play, and get good at, the ocarina

- Improve my ability to learn things by ear (I'm better at simple melodies, I'd like to work up to picking up chord progressions next year)

- Get a keyboard

- Actually start work on one of two remix ideas I have in mind

Those are sorted in order of most to least likely. KF

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