Originally Posted by mute machine
Is it better to play your music live or written in midi files and not by you? I have done my music live for a long time and it seems more fun than writing it all down...
I cam only speak from my own experience. I have found that in the realm of MIDI/Computer based arrangement/composition goes, Piano roll is a wonderful tool to posses and I encourage you to fuck around with it. I believe that you will find that you can arrange some nice melodies that are not out the realm of even playing a long with them via synth/guitar or whatever. Interesting shits to unfold and discover.
As for live, I've yet to have the honor of doing something that I am granted the opportunity to set up equipment but I imagine that what I will do is not play anything (or a very minimal amount of a multi track/sample used before) that I have produced and released before. Ideally I would live show with more hardware than software, but incorporate them both so it kind of makes sense. Now I say this through my own lack of formal training of verse, chorus, verse ect...Of course I've been to live shows where bands play their all time favorite hits and I've been to raves where peoples be spinning other peoples stuff as well as their own. Both scenarios are very effective when it comes to expressing an energy that captures the mood of said audience, But for me, I would rather do a live show on an almost experimental (not chaotic) performance that makes no two live shows exactly alike.
I'm not aiming to derail or go into a spiel about composition and/or performance methods, If I have read your question correctly, You simply do not want to write your music down. I cannot blame you, In my world that would have to be the most time consuming act of redundant and tedious effort that could be going into composing. The way I see it, Spending an hour piano rolling an arrangement beats the shit out of writing a sheet of half/quarter notes or whatever the fuck it would take to put your music on paper.
Again, This is just my take on it. I would suggest to absolutely perform live, Rip the fuck out of some melodies, leads, and riffs that tickle your pickle. But also, pencil in some MIDI patterns when you are in front of the computer. Because its what your DAW needs you to do. If you compose your own music you should piano roll some noizes.