Our Composer of Music for Art was thrilled several weeks ago to discover that someone had taken one of her “fairy” loops and added a drum groove, along with some other interesting edits. Beyond the obvious thumbs up that you take from somebody liking your work enough to build on it, you can benefit tremendously from thinking about how they build on your work.
Because how they build on your work is a statement about what they are taking from your work. Beyond the fact that our Lady is pretty weak when it comes to writing percussion tracks, the style of the percussion groove incorporated by the collaborating artist was quite a revelation. It was funky and bubbling, with lots of popping. So what did our Lady learn? Well – she had imagined, perhaps, something a bit more dramatic – the original concept was a fairy running through the woods, somewhat breathless – perhaps being pursued or late for some engagement. But the collaborator’s take was more a response to the rhythmic content of our Girl’s fairy groove – and the new direction – something more fun and funky, worked as well if not better than our Girl’s original, somewhat more serious concept.
So She could derive two rather helpful bits of feedback from this collaboration event. First, the rhythmic content of her fairy groove was well received and inspirational – enough so that someone responded to it by writing drums for it! Second, the rhythmic content of Her work was, perhaps, much more the powerful core element of Her loop than other elements She had incorporated which were meant to create the dramatic scenario. So in a sense, She “failed” with respect to conveying her dramatic scenario. She will need to be even more cognizant of the effectiveness and clarity of dramatic elements she uses to convey her narrative in future works.
Of course no tears – because what she created has life and is growing, and has an audience – and what more can an artist hope for.