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music and code

see you at home, the band I'm in, is releasing their first single in several years this friday (2nd july), and it's going to be a lot of fun to finally have this song we've been working on for a long time out there in the wild.

it's made me also think about my relationships with creating music as a whole, as well as my relationship with writing code - and how they scratch similar itches.

it's easy to think of writing code as a "non-creative" task, but as spending five minutes on stackoverflow will tell you, there are plenty of (hypothetical) "right" and "wrong" ways to write more or less any code. there are parallels to this with music, to an extent - in that there are general "rules" for how things are meant to be done (both in the form of genres, and general gatekeep-ery from fans and other musicians).

on a personal level, both of these tasks require you to work creatively within the confines of what you're working on - and for me, it's great! it allows me to get into the sought after "flow state", where I'm happy to lose endless hours in pursuit of an end result.