creative cycle: sharing raw work

15 Nov

There is something very courageous, and very smart, about sharing in-process art.  First off, creating in a vacuum is no fun.  Of course we want to put our best stuff forward.  But that inclination to show only the best of finished work may deprive us and our fans of opportunities.  For us – there is a world of encouraging comment, of constructive feedback, which might push the project to the next level.  We may receive a solution which did not occur to us.  We might finish the work more quickly for having shared.  For our audience, we provide an insight into ourselves and our work which deepens connections between artist and fans.  Everyone wins.  All it takes is a little courage – a willingness to show our warts a bit, to bare the weak spots now and then.

Lolita is working on the extension of a bit of audio she developed several months ago called Galactic Foreboding.  It is posted under her alias at:

Although this bit is unrefined, the concept unfinished, Lolita sensed there was some value in sharing something raw, in process.

In this case there was a nice dividend.  To Lolita’s surprise, her loop was picked up by an awesome guitarist who put a guitar solo over it.  That mix can be heard at the Audio Sparks for Art website:

Find a forum to share and start sharing.  The process of creation, and artistic growth, is iterative.  We return to the project each day with new eyes and ears and a brain receptive to new learning, to formulating new ideas.  But there is value sooner than we think in what is created already – and great satisfaction and encouragement from sharing – great learning from feedback.  Not to mention you will enhance your reputation as a producer and you will hold and build the interest of your fans.

spark on!



Posted by on November 15, 2012 in creative cycle


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2 responses to “creative cycle: sharing raw work

  1. mauriceabarry

    November 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    …rather a lot like blogging I suppose. Getting your ideas ‘out there’ makes you think them through and the comments give you a chance to further refine then, So too, with other works. Thanks for that great thought!

    • midisparks

      November 16, 2012 at 1:39 am

      yea. even in a raw state, the shared idea needs to be thought through, complete on some basic level, to make decent feedback possible. the other aspect is that of letting go. often to grow, we need to let go – of an old relationship, old notions, an idea we are holding to close to the cuff, etc. thanks for your comment!


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