The stock market is a pretty crazy place. So how can good productions be like the stock market?
It’s simple. I’d like to challenge you, if you haven’t already done this, to watch a single companies’ stock prices for one day. Use something with a graph, like marketwatch.com or the iPhone app. Check it once every hour that the market is open. See if you can predict exactly what is going to happen next. If you can, you may want to consider moving to NYC, because you, my friend, have a gift.
The truth is that none of us can truly predict what is going to happen. And that’s exactly why stocks are like a great production. In an excellent production, the listener shouldn’t be bored by the end of the song. The listener shouldn’t be able to predict the rest of the structure of the song after only listening to a minute and a half of it.
Also, a great production shouldn’t be boring after listening all the way through. People should want to hear it again, and again, and again. There’s a few ways to achieve both of these goals:
1. Continue to introduce new elements as the song goes on. Listen to the greatest productions of all time – the last chorus is generally going to have quite a bit more going on than the first. Maybe there’s a new vocal harmony. Maybe it’s a new synth part. Whatever it is, each chorus is usually different, which makes it interesting to listen to.
2. Create “deep” productions. This means that you shouldn’t necessarily be able to hear every sound the first time you listen to it. Add layers of sounds to create a production that people will continue to hear as “fresh” even after multiple listens.
3. In the case of a minimalist production (like Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man”), focus on bringing out the nuances of the performance. Don’t just copy and paste the vocal from the first chorus to the last. Do something a little different to keep the listener engaged in the performance.
These are just a few ways to create interesting productions, and if you focus on these ideas, you’ll be on your way to creating truly great productions. Do you have any tips for creating masterpieces?