oblique strategies

A line has two sides 

A very small object. Its center 

Abandon desire 

Abandon normal instructions 

Accept advice 

Adding on 

Always give yourself credit for having more than personality 

Always the first steps 

Ask people to work against their better judgement 

Ask your body 

Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle 

Be dirty 

Be extravagant 

Be less critical 

Breathe more deeply 

Bridges -- build -- burn 


Change ambiguities to specifics 

Change instrument roles 

Change nothing and continue consistently 

Change specifics to ambiguities 

Children -- speaking -- singing 

Cluster analysis 

Consider different fading systems 

Consider transitions

Consult other sources -- promising -- unpromising 

Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element 


Cut a vital connection 

Decorate, decorate 

Destroy nothing; Destroy the most important thing 

Discard an axiom 

Discover your formulas and abandon them 

Display your talent 

Distort time 

Do nothing for as long as possible 

Do something boring 

Do something sudden, destructive and unpredictable 

Do the last thing first 

Do the washing up 

Do the words need changing? 

Do we need holes? 

Don't avoid what is easy 

Don't break the silence 

Don't stress one thing more than another 

Emphasize differences 

Emphasize repetitions 

Emphasize the flaws 

Faced with a choice, do both [Dieter Rot] 

Feed the recording back out of the medium 

Fill every beat with something 

Find a safe part and use it as an anchor 

From nothing to more than nothing 

Get your neck massaged 

Ghost echoes 

Give the name away 

Give way to your worst impulse 

Go outside. Shut the door. 

Go slowly all the way round the outside 

Go to an extreme, come part way back

How would someone else do it?  

How would you have done it? 

Idiot glee 

Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events

In total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly  

Infinitesimal gradations 

Intentions -- nobility of -- humility of -- credibility of 

Into the impossible 

Is it finished? 

Is something missing? 

Is the intonation correct? 

Is the style right? 

It is quite possible (after all) 

It is simply a matter of work

Just carry on 

Left channel,right channel, center channel 

Listen to the quiet voice 

Look at the order in which you do things 

Lost in useless territory 

Lowest common denominator 

Magnify the most difficult details 

Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame

Make it more sensual  

Make what's perfect more human 

Mechanize something idiosyncratic 

Move towards the unimportant

Mute and continue 

Not building a wall; making a brick

Once the search has begun, something will be found  

Only a part, not the whole 

Only one element of each kind 

Openly resist change 

(Organic) machinery 

Put in earplugs 

Question the heroic 

Reevaluation (a warm feeling) 

Remember quiet evenings 

Remove a restriction 

Repetition is a form of change 

Retrace your steps 

Revaluation (a warm feeling) 


Short circuit (example: a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap) 

Simple subtraction 

Slow preparation, fast execution 

Spectrum analysis 

State the problem as clearly as possible 

Take a break 

Take away the important parts 

Tape your mouth 

The inconsistency principle 

The most easily forgotten thing is the most important 

The tape is now the music' 

Think -- inside the work -- outside the work 

Think of the radio 

Tidy up 

Trust in the you of now 

Try faking it [Stewart Brand] 

Turn it upside down 

Twist the spine 

Use an old idea 

Use an unacceptable color 

Use cliches

Use fewer notes 

Use filters 

Use something nearby as a model 

Use "unqualified" people

Use your own ideas 

Voice your suspicions


What are the sections sections of? Imagine a caterpillar moving 

What are you really thinking about just now? 

What context would look right? 

What is the reality of the situation? 

What is the simplest solution? 

What mistakes did you make last time? 

What to increase? What to reduce? What to maintain? 

What would your closest friend do?

What wouldn't you do?  

When is it for? 

Where is the edge?  

Which parts can be grouped? 

Work at a different speed 

Would anyone want it? 

You are an engineer 

You can only make one dot at a time 

Your mistake was a hidden intention 



Aucun commentaire: