The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond: http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathe ... al-bazaar/
Over the years I have wondered whether his insights can be applied to music making. Some people compose music in the Cathedral style, and others seem to work well in the Bazaar style. I am definitely in the Cathedral camp, but I have enjoyed and benefitted from collaborations over the years.
Does anyone here have a lot of experience with Bazaar-style music composition?
I might be different from many developers contributing to various Linux projects as I am mostly self taught as a coder (C, C++, Java, assembler, Python) and so am ignorant of patterns, best practices, etc. That said, I have managed to make some things work that were apparently quite useful to others.
has been used for the creation of several commercial projects that I am aware of, mostly because I interacted directly with the people who made them, and actually got paid for my work. This was built on top of another guy's GPL Java code. I never would have done it without that head start, but I didn't interact with the guy too much as his work was done and on the shelf several years before I started. A few people contributed to improving my code, but it was a fairly small percentage. Am I going to get any awards for my code or style? Really unlikely. Did I do a bunch of "bad things"? Well I must have, since the compiler generates about 400 non fatal warnings which I ignore.
Now I'm looking at combining two disparate projects written in C++, SooperLooper and Hydrogen. They each use a different graphical toolkit so I'm going to look at rewriting parts of one of them in the GUI toolkit of the other. This is all to satisfy my personal whim and while I'd love for some other people to get involved, it would probably go in directions I am not interested in simply because everyone comes to the table with their own ideas and it's hard to satisfy everyone unless you come up with something that is just super flexible. I am looking for something in this case that is less flexible and just suits me.
ahahah now that I read this again, I realize the OP's question was about making music. Well OK. I like to collaborate with other people musically and have had a few really good experiences with that. I might try more of it because I'm pretty isolated these past few years.