I can also relate. But I really believe it is nice to try and wrap up eras of your creativity if you can. They are all going to be unique and if for nothing other than yourself will always time stamp where you were at the time.
Doesn't Windows have something like smart folders and file tagging? I just tag everything and have a bunch of smart folders to view all my different types of project files. So I can see all my tracks, jams, loops etc. And filter by recents, not recents (not opened in last three months) last year, favourites, by genre, by client (for pro services), project type (design, composition, score, etc).
Not really difficult if you come up with a tagging taxonomy and stick to it.
I have a dedicated SSD in my Workstation purely for projects, samples and recordings (and another SSD dedicated to plugins and Kontakt Libraries) and I keep them organised by year. When I go through projects, I make sure I save the following assets for future use:
- MIDI Scores of interesting/Usuable Notation in a dedicated location.
- All recordings dedicated to projects are archived in a dedicated location.
- WAV Stem exports on my newer projects for future sampling in a dedicated holding folder.
Its quite useful as it means I can clone & drive swap if my Project SSD ever dies and gets replaced and have no weird conflicting issues on older projects and I have an organised central location where I can pull old assets into new projects without having to browse through a jungle of folders. Just means that old projects will never be fully abandoned, but recycled for the greater good. I've got a couple of projects going on at the moment where I've used MIDI Scores from old 2012 projects which I never finished and put their best assets to good use.
Also doesn't hurt to have a powershell script to backup the entire partition to an archive drive once a week
| Band Name: LichLord | Genre: Electro-Industrial | | Gear List: Here! |
| Album Currently In Development - Estimated Release: Whenever It's Done! |
| Electro-Industrial Composer | Cinematic Composing | Power Fry Vocalist |
I have pretty much accepted that if I don't stick with a song to completion, it is likely not going to get finished. This is just part of my process. I've noticed that some ideas, while they are solid ideas, they just don't take hold of me the way a song that I end up finishing does. I can't force the inspiration or motivation to commit to a track, it just has to be fun and interesting enough to keep me engaged. I've gone back into my vault a few times and listened to things for inspiration and grabbed a riff here and there, but once it's got that dust on it, that seems to be it.