Tag Archives: Zeitgeist

Damn! We Missed It!

These days, a media sensation can rise, peak and vanish before you even find out about it.  We live in such a multichannel world, deluged in content of varying quality, that it has become easy to miss a rising star, … 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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Resolution and Gestalt

I’ve been watching painters paint for some time now.  You can observe some interesting and seemingly strange behaviours, when you do this.  There are two particular habits I have observed which almost always sabotage the painting and leave the artist … Continue reading

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Living Your Principles

I write a lot about things you ought to do to become a great artist and I believe in those things sincerely.  As we all know, it’s incredibly difficult to live by your own principles.  We all have a tendency … Continue reading

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When Perspectives Change

I’ve always been fascinated by that moment when a new idea takes hold and suddenly the world is forever and irrevocably changed.  Actually, it often isn’t a moment, it’s more like a diffuse wave in time and space, but whereas … Continue reading

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Where Did That Sound Come From?

I find it interesting to try to get inside the sound of some new (or even old) record or other and try to forensically guess where the influences or ideas that I am listening to came from.  I can never … Continue reading

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How Not to Write a Hit Song

It’s amazing.  There is a programme on the BBC that purports to get inside the mind of the most successful songwriters on the planet and reveal the “secrets of song writing”.  The more I watch it, the more horrified I … Continue reading

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