When I was studying composition at the Qld Conservatorium of Music in the late 1980s, all I ever heard about was “Brian Eno this,” and “Brian Eno that.” All of the students (and teachers for that matter) were so enamoured … Continue reading Why should Brian Eno have all the fun?
Apter states that the individual may switch back and forth between the paratelic (playful) frame of mind or the telic (serious) in a process of mutually exclusive “psychological reversals,” much like that of a Gestalt figure-foreground perceptual switch. (Heiser, 2015, … Continue reading Work and Play: It’s just a frame of mind…and why it matters.
In 2012, I published an article (Heiser, 2012) in the peer-reviewed online Journal on the Art of Record Production regarding Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys’ SMiLE project. It consisted of one half of a chapter (chapter 4) within my … Continue reading The Beach Boys’ SMiLE: a complete chronological sessionography
The playful frame of mind: An exploration of its influence upon creative flow in a post-War popular music-making context. Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to explore how adopting a playful approach to contemporary popular music making influences creative … Continue reading PhD Abstract
Many of the so-called givens of our everyday lives are based on assumptions so deeply embedded in culture and language as to defy scrutiny. As for society’s sacred cows that are clearly visible, it’s easy to just ignore any niggling … Continue reading Societal Pressure and Play