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Old 1st June 2020
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Hey, and welcome. Thanks for a well thought out thread.
I'm in a similar boat as you. I'm more a lyricist and less of a music theory prodigy.

Originally Posted by ceyhun242 View Post
1- There are just too many sounds, VSTs, plug-ins etc to explore, choose from, too many things to try out, make decisions to make a song better, perfect. I mean for a perfectionist there is no end to improving and finalizing a song. How can we stop and say this song is finished and if it is impossible to try out everything about sounds to try out in a lifetime then what could be a good rule of thumb to balance exploration vs exploitation of what's already known, learned and what we have on hand? I'd like to improve my mixing techniques and open up myself to new possibilities of sounds, genres and methods to create my new songs, so what steps are useful to take to begin with? What are some most popular instruments, VSTs, sound libraries you recommend every rock/pop musician check into? (with an open mind about adding elements from other genres such as electronic)
Two questions in one there. The first one i think many of us struggle with. You have Picasso, Monet, Warhol. You can't learn to paint like all of them. What do you focus on? "how many keys on the piano is too many?". That question only you can answer. But it's a journey, not a destination.

I do like this video as a source of inspiration in how to go from a halfassed idea to a finished product on the market place:

Second question: It depends. I could recommend
the Arturia Jupiter-8V. If you like Vangelis and that 80s space sound.
Native Instruments Kontakt From real sounding violins to snare drums.
Apple GarageBand Has a lot of nice set ups for making demos. It's easy to lay down drums and set up a bass line so you can play with your idea.
Oeksound Soothe 2 is great for rounding off those nasty high frequencies.

But it all depends on what you're looking to create.

2, 3 and 4 I'll skip.

Originally Posted by ceyhun242 View Post
5- I have no music theory and I want to improve myself in recording/mixing/mastering. Are there compact free or paid online courses like on coursera, udemy or youtube free or premium that you advise every songwriter/ musician better complete with full absorption to get all the fundamentals about recording/mixing/songwiting/basic note/chord progression/harmony essentials/ Major mand Minor scales, Circle of Fifths, and basic Chord Theory etc.. Do you think having knowledge od basic or advance music theory helps better songwriting/arrangement or impedes? How can it help or impede?
No man can do everything, and when you try be a band photographer, guitarist, drummer, vocalist, and a producer, you end up being none of those. Jack of all trades.... master of none is the old saying. However, I do get it. Nowadays with tecnology being what it is, and with no one knowing how to play together it's hard not to just say **** it and do it all alone. I will recommend this documentary that breaks down music theory in a understandable and visual way:

With some searching you should be able to find all 6 parts. Not sure if BBC sells it, or has it all online somewhere. But this breaks down everything.

Originally Posted by ceyhun242 View Post
6- Do you think next level (or already current) trend is for a musician to play or using vsts and record all instruments and create a song from scratch, record/mix/master all by oneself, and publish steaming ready quality albums and disintermediate all the other people. If yes how can I quickly adapt to this trend and get to produce steam ready quality albums as soon as possible?
I believe that trend is already here in full force. If your question is "how can I make art as fast as possible?" then most people here would say "What's the point in making art as fast as possible?" Do you want to be a great composer, or just be famous?

mixing and mastering by yourself is like editing your own book. It can be done, but kinda defeats the purpose.

all-digital midi music is probably the industry norm by now.

Originally Posted by ceyhun242 View Post
7- What do you think future music will sound like? Like daft punk changed things and what is the next daft punk sound? Do you think country and rock will die out? Nowadays I like to use more synths and maybe even electronics to bring my 60s-90s sounding pop/rock sound to 2020s and preferably more future proof 2030s level. To that end, what would you advise? What VSTs, tutorials, sound libraries, plug-ins you'd recommend me to check out that you think are the most popular now or will be or even if not are the best or most popular out there on the market bot aspiring musicians who want to produce extraordinary work should definitely check out?
If you wanna ask me what the next level looks like, well it will to make you and I obsolete:

This is a song made solely by an AI (Machine learning).

This is a painting made solely by an AI

You could in theory right now within a few hours make a 20 track album ready (with cover) for Spotify/Apple music without actually being involved in the art making process, only the curation part. Also this stuff will only get "better" with time. People here are gonna scream "there's no feeling to it", but they are also the same people shaking their fist at the silly music kids listen to.

if you're looking solely for hits, you could make a lo-fi youtube channel, bounce 80 AI made lo-fi beats and run them on repeat. name it "Chill lo-fi to study to in the apocalypse" or something. The question is; what is the ****ing point?

Things move in waves, and who knows if Rock will make a triumphant return in 20 years. I hope so. I have always loved the effect of time, and find myself looking more backwards than forwards nowadays.

Originally Posted by ceyhun242 View Post
8- I feel like today music became a commodity, it's hardwork and long time investment to create an original song and it's so easy to consume it for listener like a single use entertainment as there are endless choices and I feel like today we live in the age that nothing is so special anymore. Internet and consumption have replaced "God" and morality and humane pace of producing cooking sth at a low heat you know? slow but steady, joyful production. It feels like music cant be a single career and source of income for one anymore with all the competition and ease of home production. So for me I came to the conclusion that music production is to be done analogous to keeping journaling ow ones private feelings and thoughts as self reflection function. Okay maybe it's always been like this and because some journals were really interesting read, people wanted to "listen" to them so they got a career and this cycle maybe still remains. But Im just not sure if things got easier with internet and home daws or much harder? I feel like people care so much less than the past today in general, music is not much for connection or relation anymore but entertainment. I mean for me music is about being curious about existence, exploring deep insights, interacting with other inspiring feelings, thoughts, perspectives etc.. Either such people switched to producing entertainment music to keep up with society's direction and not feel isolated or they kind of gave up producing thinking that people would probably not care or give due attention to listen to serious pieces.. Like is it still possible to create masterpieces like Radiohead, Muse, Keane did or those days are gone for good? Now how can I reconcile those great bands with the modernity of new age music without making concessions and compromises in quality, soul and emotions? Is there still room in music for soul and emotions in rock? Or is it dying.. This is also a moral question you know. Should one give in to degeneration and moral decadence? Correct my perspective if it's too narrow when it equalize future and modern with moral decline etc.. please provide me with examples like how can past great music be better today and in the future and still have same sincere deep soul and emotions if not more and stronger? What is the direction of music in the near and far future? What can musicians do to adapt to future direction and still preserving vintage, timeless values of music, life and being human?
A great question. Maybe the question. One that every artist should ask themselves. We are in the era of "ART WITHOUT MEANING". and it doesn't just reflect where we are musically but also as a society. We have grown more distant (but perhaps it's just evolution. Haven't all old men exclaimed this throughout time?

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in
Machinery that gives us abundance has left us in want

This was written 80 years ago.)

Here's what I have found, struggling with the same questions you do.
- Art is about the process. Maybe the answer is not to make more songs, but to be more fulfilled when you do.
- An artist seeks for truth. In whatever form that is. ****ing Ernest Hemingway. Bob Dylan. If you're scared to write something, then you're probably on the right track.
- It's a long race, and in the end you're only running against yourself.