I’m in! I just found the 2022 version and am pretty new to the 'nauts. Hello! (Just gonna bring a few things over from my post in there, and some new things.)
Eckhart Tolle said something interesting in A New Earth - “the ego wants to want, more than it wants to have”. There’s a certain energy or tension between where I am now and something that I want. But, that drive often dies down quickly after attaining the thing, especially if the desire for that thing came from ego. I find that if the desire for something comes from a deeper, more genuine place, the pleasure I get from it lasts a lot longer.
Also, the ego’s fulfilment normally comes from the future, based on the faulty belief that the present is not enough, or that the present (or myself) has some kind of lack. “Ooh - just imagine what I could do with that synth!” I love the idea of watching youtube videos of gear that I already own, which got me excited about that piece of gear in the first place. I did that recently and was like “holy shit, yeah, this synth is amazing, I’m gonna do some cool stuff with it!”
There are two utility items that I will get this year - a DF Audio Minibay to route my gear and fx, and a MCL, to pimp up my MD Mk1. Maybe some audio and MIDI cables if needed. But hopefully no more new noise makers or noise tweakers. I have a few pieces that I will probably sell, too.
I’m willing to check in and hold others and myself accountable, and mention any wobbles I may have.
Last year I uploaded at least an album’s worth of noodling to bandcamp every month. My goal for this year is to create more refined tracks, as opposed to long jams that really only have an A part, with no chorus or changes etc. I’d like to have the discipline to stick with a track or idea long enough to expand it and turn it into a song. I think that focus goes hand in hand with not distracting myself with new gear.
Good luck, folks!