finishing a track is pretty hard for me... that`s the reason why I am working on my third liveset in 2 years at the moment
I always start in Live`s clip view creating sounds and loops. I do variations of the several sounds / resampling so I have plenty material to start. Then I copy the clips into arrangement view and start building up the track. Not so wrong I think.
but in the last 12 months I`ve stopped every track at about 3 minutes and copied the clips from clip view into my liveset project and finished the track (just clips ordered so I can play the track live) there for the livepa. This means the track just exists when I am playing it live.
I don`t cut a finished track (made in arrangement view) into pieces and use that for the livepa, I build it up in clip view from scratch. so every track from my livepa is a little bit rough in terms of arrangement. works well for livepa, but I would like to hear the tracks as a "track" per se more finished and complex.
I could just record my liveset tracks but I have the feeling that its going to be not that complex as I would do it in arrangement view... And I always got more organic and less loopy songs when I worked in arrangement view.
Here is tarekith`s guide to song arrangement > http://tarekith.com/assets/arranging.html
I guess`you guys are knowing this guide =) anyway, I`ve tried that method several times, always went too loopy for my taste. But it works well for other people for sure!
What I know is working for me or better said : What I hope I can achieve so its working for me > Focusing on the subject "producing", no internet, nothing around that can catch my interest (hard to achieve) and some guidelines which will speed up the process, e.g. if I am messing around with an idea for more than 30mins I stop it and try another thing. It helps me a lot too when I write down some words or what else in which direction my song should go. Its more like a graphic than words. you guys know Iannis Xennakis? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZazYFchLRI