Do You Live Your Life Creatively?

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Had to share this blog post about creativity and the myths that surround it: Myths about Creativity | Tickled By Life, by Shalu Wasu.

Go have a read… then come back here if you like. 🙂

I particularly enjoyed reading his attitudes about the application of creativity to all aspects of life, not just so-called creative jobs:

“To be alive is to be creative and to be creative is to be alive”.

I’m constantly grateful that my work insists on creativity as a pre-requisite, but do I apply it to other aspects of my life?

Hmm… my schedule is certainly very creatively arranged at times! Perhaps I could be more creative when performing music that I’ve played many times before, instead of going through some of the same habitual motions of bowing patterns and vibrato. How could I be more creative with my relationships with other people? Or with the structure of my day? With how I engage with the world? read more

Early Bird or Night Owl?

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Or more specifically – do you work better in the morning or later in the day, or later on, into the evening? It appears I’m definitely the former. I’ve left it until the evening to write this blog post and it’s proving a lot harder to form some sort of coherent structure!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a lie-in. If I had the choice I’d sleep late every day. But in attempting to get up consistently early the last few weeks, it’s patently obvious to me now that my mind is clearer and I work faster and more efficiently in the morning. I’m making the comparison with today: I woke up an hour later than usual. That may not sound like much but it feels like I’ve been playing catch up all day (despite leaving this post until the evening to make up a bit of time). read more

The Usefulness of a Chord Progression

It's verrrry difficult to copyright a short chord progression, say, of four chords or thereabouts. In fact it's impossible. Having a music composing mental block? Go find a chord progression from your favourite piece of music...

27 Tips for Focus and Concentration

Having trouble focusing? Getting distracted and lacking concentration?

Follow these tips to get you back on track…

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Avoid Distractions

  1. Turn off twitter, email, facebook, IM, browser
  2. Turn off television audio and mobile phone (i know i know! harsh!)
  3. Schedule time(s) to check the above

Plan your Time

  • Write your To Do list for the day then schedule a time later on to review then forget about it.
  • Keep a notepad nearby for random ideas as they hit you, then forget about them.
  • Plan your work time, give yourself mini deadlines (as in “What About Bob?”, Baby Steps, Baby Steps”)
  • Decide what to do in advance when the computer is doing automated stuff, eg rendering/bouncing down/burning to CD or DVD
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    How to create sound design for a Pixar Animation:
    Wall-E and Ben Burtt

    Just watched Wall-E again (fab xmas present – thank you!). Have to say that robot is the most adorable thing ever – and in no small way owes this to the sound designer Ben Burtt.

    Discovered through a post on filmsound.org, these short videos show how Ben Burtt created the physical, sonic reality of a computer generated image. Useful stuff if you’re in the trade 😉 .

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