Heather Fenoughty: What’s your batting average?
What’s your batting average?
Or, rather, how many minutes of finished music can you crank out in a day?
Note: for ‘crank out’, read: craft, create, splurge, sketch, mix, master, etc. – I’m being deliberately vague here to leave the forum open
It’s important for planning your workflow and schedule to know what your average is. I read in the comments (really sorry, can’t find it for the moment!) for one of the recent posts here on SCOREcast that one chap knows what his music-making output is per hour – that’s super-aware!
I know for a fact that I make more usable music in the earlier hours of the day, and that later hours are best used for more low-level tasks, admin etc, so this hourly rate varies so much to not be a useful tool for me… but is it for you?
Also, on longer projects (as Deane et al have already stated) as the musical themes and flavour get under your skin, writing gets faster towards the end of the project. This is useful to know if only for your sanity at the start of the project when you’re looking at a blank sequence!
But, on the whole, knowing your daily average is most useful, I find. I know that on one day I may only make 2 minutes of decent score and the rest is waffle, but on another day there may be a new 10-minutes-worth of glorious musical loveliness, mixed and mastered, perfectly synced to score (though, trust me, this is more rare ). I can’t predict from one day to the next which it’ll be, but I do know that over a period of time, say, a month, it’ll be clearer what the per-day average is, and I can use that to plan the next project.
I used to average about a minute (if I’m completely honest, that was on a good day, if you know what I mean) when I first started out many years ago. Now it’s up to about 5 minutes or so.
So, let me know: what’s your batting average?