Tag Archives: Magic

Creative Tensions

Everything seems to be in tension, lately. Creating always involves a form of high wire balancing act, without a net. They tell you there is one right way to solve all your creative difficulties, but is there? Any brief survey … Continue reading

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Recording With Commitment

Maybe it’s because I was recording sound long before there were DAWs, automated mixing consoles and plug-ins that replace tens of thousands of dollars/pounds/euros of outboard equipment, but it seems the way I record runs counter to how audio schools … Continue reading

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Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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Tragicians

It occurred to me, the other day, that there was no word I could think of to describe what I believe is a very large group of people.  Artists are particularly well represented in this group (perhaps over represented), but … Continue reading

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Missing the Magic

People tend to focus too much on the things they don’t have.  Artists, especially, worry about the latest paint they haven’t tried, that new sound set they don’t yet have, the special type of musical instrument not (so far) in … Continue reading

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Everybody Holds a Cherished Idea That Won’t Work

We don’t like to be the first to admit it and often we’re the very last, but it has to be said that everyone harbours what they think is a great idea, but it’s never going to work. Artists, especially, … Continue reading

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Conjuring

To the uninitiated (and even to initiates), the process of turning nothing into something, as artists do, is mystical and magical.  How does the raw material mutate into a work of art?  What is the mysterious power of imagination to … Continue reading

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