Back in the early ‘90s, I made an attempt at cleaning up my work/study area by moving my note taking from scraps of paper to a cheap bic pen and spiral notebook. As I moved into software engineering, I continued to keep paper notes: computers crash often, particularly when you are a teenager writing new software for them.
In 2021, I have a half dozen very nice fountain pens, twice as many cheap and bad fountain pens, a set of colorful gel pens and a large stack of premium notebooks.
New projects, whether software or music get a new notebook.
My current music process is a semi-journaling process. If I’m not at the synths and come up with an idea I’d like to play with, I put in a new dated entry and make some notes and maybe a diagram about my idea. When I’m at the synths, a notebook is great for recording exact values in the Elektrons, Virus, or anything else with numeric output.
You could probably design music projects in something like JIRA or Linear, but if I’m going to use those tools I’d better be making software engineering bucks. A good fountain pen and notebook is as pleasant to use as a well designed synth.