AngelCityOutlaw Posted August 20, 2018 Report Share Posted August 20, 2018 Long post: So I'll bold the important parts. OCR was the first site I joined where I got (and gave) feedback on music, and as the years have gone by and I've recently been sharing more music and listening to more on various forums, this is something I've put a lot of thought into: Does feedback and criticism from forum members actually do anything more than make the individual question their decisions? Does it directly "help you improve" like is so often said? I've always noticed this underlying feeling of responsibility in online music communities when one of their members (OCR is no stranger to this) goes on to great things. I think communities (obviously) like this sense of being like "That's our boy/girl! out there!" when they see this happen; they remember how, when that user showed up back in 200(?) they could barely play a coherent phrase, and now they're off composing epic scores, or making popular albums, etc. and I think that most feel like the feedback that user got from the community nurtured them to this greatness, or at least accelerated it, and that in some small way, we contributed to this person's success. I'm starting to doubt if that's the case. I think that most of these people probably just had the ambition, honesty, and willingness to learn and study on their own so that them improving to the point they have was inevitable, and of their own doing. The best advice I've ever seen online has happened not in feedback to a particular tune, but rather someone asking a question, and then a member explains a concept that opens the person's eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Because most of the established, pro musicians aren't generally sharing their tracks for critiques anymore, nor do they offer much advice. Some of that is probably due to time constraints, but I really suspect most of it is simply "I don't care what a bunch of people on forums think" as they've become confident in their ability to make what they want to hear, or what the people they're making it for want to hear, that it's unlikely any critique is going to be of much real value unless it's fairly unanimous. If they do share their tracks for feedback, it's likely limited to trusted peers who are at the same or greater level. As an example, @timaeus222 's most recent track in workshop was apparently submitted before he shared. And why wouldn't it be? He knows the standards so well, and has hit them so consistently, that what a bunch of us randos think about it, is really inconsequential. It's going to pass, he's satisfied with it, his listeners will probably all be satisfied with it, and being the smart dude he is, I'm of the opinion (he may disagree) that he would've got to this point regardless. And when subbing to OCR, it's only the feedback of the judges that ultimately matters. So I'm curious to know what you think? Has feedback from the forum been directly responsible for your improvements, or have they simply been opinions you use to gauge wider reaction, and a fun, good way of engaging with the rest of the community? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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