The finished word is already a word that absolutely annoys all the artists !
Speaking about painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, musicians and so on.
What’s a finished piece of art as a status is ? a status reached?
A point where the artist is happy with him and let go!
(Not easy when you think about it, because then there’s a lot of things regarding the person itself, its skills, its requirement, if he/she perfectionist, self-confidence, … and so on)
I think that’s why Coaching is so popular and growing every day (i don’t say music learning, construction learning, but Project-Goals coaching oriented…)
There are the formats of the past which are always more or less there according to the musical genres radio edit, extended version … Not to mention the remixes which also underlines that there can be so many interpretations of a theme as many as people to make it … (then there are good remixes that pay tribute to this specificity and others that are the reflection of the artist who can not reinterpret but make a new piece that will have remix name that because it contains one or two elements of the original that we may not even recognize …)
There are music genre ! it’s always more easy when you’re not alone with some voices
If you’re alone without singers, singers and things to say… Construction will be more challenging and more if it’s Dance floor oriented because the format is longer generally…
I do think a solid understanding of the Music chain, skills, experience (the more you finish tracks the more you get better at it…), it’s more mind thinking than a Beat or a Loop (and i would say Fortunately)
People may not want to spend too much time on their songs knowing that anthology songs in electronic music are less numerous regarding the mass of RELEASES each month and may prefer MARKETING on their Name (for booking purpose) without making hymns (how many time it could take) but already good pieces of electronic music (in less time)… and let the DJ make from those “THING” by mixing interesting parts from here and there… Better version in Gigs…
There’s so much to say on that subject.
Just few things coming in mind and of course i’m not sure that the same for every music genre…
Also i think it’s subjective what’s a good track constructions ? also, it can change with time and when you get older you can be more challenging on this construction quality … I think the key is to unlock himself from the loop idea and find ways to make a boring or repetitive track something not boring for a fresh hear as well as more interesting for us… by finding variations, other parts it can be anything from an atmospheric break to a funny change… as long as you forget the theme and happy when it’s come back i think you are on the good path to finish the track… The creator at a certain point haven’t a fresh hear… so the trick is to avoid becoming accustomed to his own pieces, tried listening stage with few people people who don’t like your music genre, people who like, more critical and professional people… and be ready to change, shorten things if it is relevant-obvious by taking a step back from his work.
Last trick : take the place of listeners or clubbers and imagine what they feel, playing on their emotions, on their frustrations by allowing a long tension part… let them think it’s gonna drop but it’s isn’t … a good point to demonstrate that is this video… everyone probably know it, or already lived it at circo loco about ten years ago (of course don’t make that it’s just to illustrate “playing on emotions-frustration-waiting”… and when at some point it became the opening club trick all people are waiting…)