An interview I conducted with drummer, bandleader and author Bill Bruford has today been published as a feature by the online Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP) (you can read in for free at the site). As well … Continue reading Interview with Bill Bruford
DISCLAIMER: The following blog entry in no way condones the use of hallucinogens, or any other drugs for that matter (not even aspirin). It does however look at some interesting parallels between anecdotal accounts of the psychedelic experience and (to … Continue reading Just say Know
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.
Creativity-play scholar Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi likens cultures to games, stating that they differ only in terms of scale. Both present a framework made up of “more or less arbitrary goals and rules” designed to facilitate order with “a minimum doubts and … Continue reading The Forest and the Village: Between the Pairs of Opposites
I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation between the very talented (and very funny) Kevin Pollack and the very talented (and, yes, very funny) Alan Arkin. I’ve been a huge Arkin fan ever since seeing “Catch 22” and “The Heart … Continue reading “I don’t want to see anything interesting and I don’t want to see anything creative.”
In my PhD dissertation (2015), I assert that a playful sealing off of the ‘real world’ to create a confined psychological space is conducive to creativity. Interestingly, this claim, based upon a review of 20th & 21st century psychological creativity … Continue reading Freedom, Inspiration and Limitation: Hermes Trismegistus
I first became involved in the Australian independent music scene at the dawn of the 1990s. I was young, idealistic and full of passion to make music that challenged the status quo of the “normals” and bean-counters of the world. … Continue reading Where did all the benevolent gatekeepers go?
“We tend to treat the studio rather like a sort of sophisticated sandpit. So it’s just a place to play around in. Which is how we usually work. We get an idea, which might be a word or a lyric … Continue reading Godley and Creme: Playfulness, pastiche and the grotesque.
One of things I find most frustrating about life on this planet is how humans tend towards setting up scenes and communities, with all of their inherent rules, shared values, mythologies and hierarchies, only to eventually become enslaved by the … Continue reading Inspirations 1: Alvin Lucier’s “Music On A Long Thin Wire” (1977)