I have been reading some interesting interview pieces with Edgar Froese (leader of Tangerine Dream until his death in 2015). Here's an interesting response from him on whether he was happy with the album Phaedra (which became a Top 10 album in the UK in 1974):
Ask any serious and deeply music committed person when the point is reached to be satisfied with your production. The answer could be: Not in this life, but maybe later under a new macrocosmic home address.
No, as for me I wasn’t happy with any result, because the music played constantly within your neuronal wave patterns can’t be materialized. It’s like a competition between a torch and the sunlight. The sun will always win, unfortunately you can’t hold it in your hands and use it as you use a torch.
‘Phaedra’ did help to build a career I never dreamed of in my early years, so I have to deeply thank my individual karma being guided that way. But in terms of music developments all of us have not even explored five percent of the sound universe.
With other words, to work on the same level of exploration, hunger for adventures and knowing that nothing is perfect and satisfying is the most driving energy. That is quite some answer and so when he died in 2015, and changed his cosmic address, I like to think that if some spark of him continued to exist, it was finally happy with that amazing album.
So, as a lesson, let's explore that sound universe that we create and be genuinely happy with what we hear. Don't wait until you change your cosmic address