I always worry about how repetitive my music is. When I first started tinkering with making music it was pounded into my head that repetition is bad. IE: There has to be a change every 4 or 8 bars, there has to be a wild card element that is different every time, there needs to be some noticeable change up in the 3rd verse, the bridge needs to be completely different from the rest of the song, no one will listen if your music is repetitive, etc… But recently I’ve come across some tracks that I really like, and many others seem to like or no one would be listening, that are very repetitive yet don’t get boring or make my ears tired. For instance these songs below: the Glass Candy track is the same loop for over 3 minutes, then some new parts come in for the rest of the song, but even then for a while that same loop continues under the new parts that came in at 3:12. The Cabaret Nocturne track has more varied elements than the first, but the track is still built around a fairly repetitive core that, to me at least, is what carries the song. Rather than wearing on my ears I find the repetitive parts to be the glue of the track.
My question here is where is the line between repetition carrying a song and killing it? How do you address repetition in your music? Is saying “this is how I want it”/“I like the song this way” justified, or do you think its a cop out for when a musician couldn’t complete an idea or doesn’t have the chops to write a full piece? Did I listen to too many hard-assed elitists who think the rules of making music are set in stone and I should just make what feels right to me, or are they right and music like this is doomed to some niche audience, such as myself, that doesn’t have a proper palette for discerning “good” music from “bad”?