Monthly Archives: March 2016

Is Art Disposable?

It seems that humanity has a schizophrenic attitude toward art.  Some works are considered scarce, valuable and precious and definitely not disposable, whereas other art forms are happily, gracelessly, casually trashed, without a care in the world.  We have funny … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder

What do you spend your spare time and money on?  That decision, it turns out, is a pretty reliable guide to how you have stacked your wider life priorities.  When people say they have no idea what they want to … Continue reading

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Decompression

Yesterday, I believe I did some of the best work I have ever done, in my (now extensive) professional career.  I did the hard work: several weeks of careful, painstaking research, then I distilled it and simplified it for sound … Continue reading

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Figuring Out How to Leverage Your Wisdom

I’m not young any more.  It pains me to write that, as I am sure it would pain most people, but why?  What’s wrong with being the age you are?  What has age got to do with your art?  Aren’t … Continue reading

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Flounce Later

Recently, I was listening to a radio documentary dissecting the way the late, great George Martin produced the Beatles’ most iconic music.  Considering the state of the technology he had to work with, it’s utterly remarkable that the results he … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy, Violence, Coercion, Imagination and Art

Bureaucracy is everywhere and it is anathema to artistic thinking, freedom and to people with an imaginative turn of mind.  Everything is regulated, controlled, cross-referenced, aggregated, profiled, correlated and analysed.  Our every keystroke and mouse click is dissected and no … Continue reading

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Deep Reading, Deep Writing

Neuroscientists have discovered that reading web pages, as opposed to a book, is changing the way our brains are wired.  We’re losing the ability to do what is called “deep reading”. I came across this very interesting article, on my … Continue reading

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