Critique, or honest feedback is good - as you say, other's perspective is important. But it is also good to keep own mind, and even a little bit of imperfection - it's a matter of balance. All opinions will be subjective (yours or someone's else) and it's a risk to run into too much criticism and never-ending loop of doing the same thing more perfect.
Sure. Totally agree. It's all subjective. I think we can either choose to try out some suggested ideas or hit the override button and keep things as they are. It's all a big experiment.
I know sometimes at work (graphics/video) I think something is as good as I can get it and don't want to try anything else. But then a colleague or client will suggest something. I begrudgingly try it and about 50% of the time it works better with their suggestion, 50% it doesn't. So I think things are usually worth a try, at least.
But... especially on something personal like music, created for free personal expression, there should never be any pressure to veer away from one's own set course. I think the problems with critiquing each others work come when opinions are offered up like fact, and harshly and adamantly. I don't care for that. No point in being so forceful really, since it's all subjective. That's what some music forums turn into.
Personally, I'd love to see more listening and exchanging of constructive criticism here on Elektronauts, not just the easy "cool song" comments. That's nice, sure. But it would also be nice to hear more in-depth opinions and feedback as well. Anyways, just my opinion and take on things.
My "live sets" are far from perfection, I'm also keen on some constructive critiques and hints - I was making music on Ableton (or rather programming it) for too long time, and now I'm trying to do it in the other way, even if still via preprogrammed sequences etc. and spend less time on polishing sinlge piece for weeks (or months...) . I'm doing that mainly for fun, but I see for me it's easy to last for too long on some part or no progression in the "live set".
I think I am on a similar path. Still not quite sure where I'm going though. I have always meticulously composed and arranged things in Ableton. I've gone through a lot of hardware instruments, but nothing with it's own sequencer like the Elektron devices. I like the idea of being more loose with composing on hardware, not sweating the details too much, and also being able to translate those hardware arranged songs into a live set. But, the reality of it is quite challenging for me. I'm so used to visualizing and arranging things on that DAW timeline.
Yes, check https://soundcloud.com/polarismusic3 or http://polarismusic.eu and follow the links.
Thanks for sharing! I'll check it out.