Different jobs have different ways you can get feedback on your work. It's your boss's pat on the back, a "thank you" letter or a client's call to say how satisfied they are from what you gave them. In music it is the applause you get from the audience after your piece is performed, your audience's words after the concert. It is the person that knows one part of you and wants to know more, it is someone who wants share with you their aural experience. Sometimes a feedback comes unexpectedly in a form of a comment from a complete stranger somewhere in the world, who you have never met and is completely unbiased.
Not always will this feedback be positive, but hopefully it is emerges from a sincere place without any interest to heart you personally or professionally. Also, I hope to understand exactly what it is that the person is trying to transmit to me. I try to take feedback as a gift.
Whenever a listened turns to me, I know that in one way or another they were moved by my creation. The fact that they dedicated their time to listen to my music is already very exciting! And it is also nice if they share their thoughts. Not always people get what I was trying to say or get something completely different. The listener has freedom to interpret what they heard in their own way, and by that, they own their experience.
Bad critique is something that one needs and although it is not easy to accept it, there should be a way to accept it and grow from it. Surely, it is no fun to get critique, but if we take it the right way, it can make you ask questions and improve and therefore, be constructive. If only positive feedback is thrown, perhaps there is something wrong. But, usually people are helpful. Don't run away from critique. Both affirmation for doing something right and the awareness that there is room for improvement, create a better artist. Like everything in life, you need that balance.
* MUSIC INSPIRATION OF THE DAY: American-Mexican composer Conlon Nancarrow, Piece No.2 for Small Orchestra (1985)
I like it for the interesting complex rhythms, among other things.
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