I'm curious if other people on here have this problem: not knowing how to start collecting feedback on a large number of songs.
I've uploaded more than 500 songs to my website. Most were completed using the same gear (Triton, Sonar, vocals and tiny bit of guitar).
My girlfriend and I both like listening to my music, but we're biased and patient with it (it seems to grow on us rather than grabbing us on first listen).
I've recently started to wonder whether any of the songs sound "nice" to people other than the two of us, or whether to other people's ears they all sound lame, like some kid's "refrigerator art".
(Honestly, I hate listening to other amateur musicians' songs. Most people's music sounds either too wimpy, too abrasive, too generic, too whatever... I just never seem to like it!)
So anyway, if I only had a few songs, it'd be easy to ask for feedback. But with 500+ I really don't know where to start in terms of collecting feedback. I never like my newest stuff, and my oldest stuff predates my current gear (Triton, Sonar) and habits. None of my songs or albums are perfect (ha!) to my ears, but most songs/albums are enjoyable in bits. They all have their highlights.
Well, I'm wondering if it's possible to find people willing to dig for those highlights. It's a lot of digging. Many, many precious hours would need to be sacrificed in order to get through the whole batch. That's like 50 hours just to listen to each song once. Most songs take a few listens before we start to like them. So let's say about 150 hours total listening. If you listen to 5 hours a day, that's about 30 days (including weekends).
Well, I supposed I could just forget the whole "thorough review" idea and just trickle a few songs at a time onto MySpace like this:
But that's only 4 songs, picked somewhat randomly (since I don't know which ones are "good"). How can I know which ones are good unless someone hears a whole bunch of them and then lets me know his/her favorites? But to do that I need to steer people towards my site, which has the 500+ songs (a very intimidating number of options).
Another possibility would be to start an mp3 blog about my music (or a mix of my music and other people's music), and gradually introduce songs (or albums) with requests for feedback. I created a proof-of-concept for that today:
There's also GarageBand.com. It's a great site for getting reviews on individual songs, but it doesn't make it easy to get feedback on hundreds of songs. In order to submit a song for reviews (in the "contest"), you need to do 30 reviews of other people's songs. That's a lot of work! And then your songs, when they are reviewed, are only heard one at a time. This makes it impossible for people to hear and review your songs in an album context. So GarageBand is sort of a dead-end, at least for me. Here's my page if you are curious:
Any other ideas on how to start getting feedback for a large number of songs?