Your music is worth releasing. Really. Do it now!

This is my final State of the Stomp column, so I thought I would leave with some encouraging words. This is a message for the perfectionists: release your music.

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Sometimes a rhythm box and, say, an envelope-controlled modulated filter can sound like … love!

Whether it's 6-strings or drum machines—or any instrument—finding a perfect pedal partner can create a signature sound all your own.

Electric guitars are pack animals. They need a partner to do their thing—unless a very, very quiet acoustic guitar is what you really want. I like this kind of symbiotic approach to thinking about instruments. The guitar and the amp have been best friends for decades, practically inseparable, and it's useful to apply that same thinking to other things, in other contexts. Like the perfect pedal to complement your drum machine. It's not only helpful in a practical, sound-sculpting way. It also lends a nice conceptual structure: finding that one thing that gets along with another and brings the best out of it—and keeping them together, like one extended instrument.

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Scott Harper compares creating music with the help of pedals to planting. You never know what mushrooms will pop up.

Pedals can help you improvise throughout the whole creative process. Just plug in, turn on, and don't make a plan.

I'm bad at planning music.

I don't mean I'm too reckless—the opposite. I plan too much. I plan when I don't really want to get down to work, or I want to pretend that I'm working. It satisfies the imagination. It all unfolds before me in real-time. All the pieces fit and it's a triumph. Good job, me.

Good job doing nothing.

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