Tag Archives: Authority

How the Rentier Economy Destroys Artistic Quality

Society is in denial. Flat out, head-in-the-sand denial. The consequence of our collective refusal to believe in the truth of the situation is a hollowing out of cultural life, a diminution of the ability to see the situation with undistorted … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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Rehumanising Through Art

We’ve become quite dehumanised.  You might not like to think so.  In fact, you may even bluntly deny it, but actually and sadly, it’s quite true, I’m afraid.  We’ve lost quite a lot of our humanity and I’ll explain how … Continue reading

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Playing the Right Note

Here is some wisdom, which sounds Zen, perhaps a touch impractical, airy and even blindingly obvious, but which is very important, for any musician, to learn, internalise and follow. The business of playing music, especially improvised music, is all about … Continue reading

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Articulation

When it comes down to it, what a lot of artists spend most of their time doing is in trying to become more articulate.  What I mean by that is they hone their craft skills and their manual dexterity, so … Continue reading

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Rules

Why do we, as artists and as a species, like rules so much?  We’re mad for them.  Give us rules to follow!  If we have enough rules, we think, then everything will be under control and chaos will be averted … Continue reading

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How to Kill Creativity

I was wondering about how we organise human societies and whether or not the very constructs of our societies are conducive to creativity, or whether it is the case that the structures of our society serve to kill creativity. It’s … Continue reading

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