A line has two sides
A very small object. Its center
Abandon normal instructions
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 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
Consider different fading systems
Consult other sources -- promising -- unpromising
Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element
Cut a vital connection
Destroy nothing; Destroy the most important thing
Discard an axiom
Discover your formulas and abandon them
Display your talent
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 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
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?
Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events
In total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly
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
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)
Slow preparation, fast execution
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
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 fewer notes
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