I have a folder on my computer called Stockpile. It’s where all the edited and titled music goes, broken down by artist name, and sometimes by album title. If I’m working on music that ‘fits together’ then I try to group it.
At the present time, I have over 100 tracks in Stockpile. Most of it is fairly recent, although I do have a lot of unedited pieces from 2013 and 2014 that I’m slowly processing. I do a lot of deleting. It’s OK to let some of that go.
Eventually, I’ll get most of the Stockpile released. Although I do tend to make a lot of sounds.
Why do I release a lot more sounds these days? It’s because of an answer Brian Eno gave to a David Mitchell question in a 2011 interview in The Believer magazine, reprinted at Salon:
If you could email your 20-year-old self about what was ahead, what would you tell him? Or would you tell him nothing and just let him get on with it?
I think I’d say, "Put out as much as you can. It doesn’t do anything sitting on a shelf." My feeling is that a work has little value until you "release" it, until you liberate it from yourself and your excuses for it -- "It’s not quite finished yet," "The mix will make all the difference," etc. Until you see it out there in the world along with everything else, you don’t really know what it is or what to think of it, so it’s of no use to you.
In the future I’ll have my own studio. It’ll be a rented space or maybe a small house. It won’t be in the basement or a spare bedroom in my residence like it’s been for years.
The studio will mainly function as an art studio, for paintings. The painting area would consist of 6 or 8 large easels or wall mounts for working on canvases and panels, and perhaps a dining room table for standing over smaller works. There would be a space with lighting to photograph. A couple of desks with computers, printers, scanners, and displays. Storage for finished paintings. An area where paintings can be viewed. Storage for supplies. Some couches. Instruments. Magazines. Perhaps some TVs, but they would only show webcams.