For a new composition for Torch, I am experimenting with a new way to inspire my orchestration by felting. I wanted to know whether I would orchestrate differently, when I am inspired by textiles, specifically felting by hand. I wanted to know whether the felting, the rubbing, the smell of the soap, the time not… Continue reading Felting Soundcolors
In my previous blog about Creativity I came to the conclusion that ‘me in my studio’, my mini “Institute for Curiosity” should: change all the time: size, dimensions, values, colors, sounds… limit until the absurd, then invite chaos. create problems. provide problem-inventors. make things more complicated. help asking Why? from the beginning. offer a search for unthinkable… Continue reading Visual Spacial Creativity
Introduction Brian Kai Chin is executive director of the Institute for Creativity. He offered me the opportunity to write music for the Common Tone Ensemble and planted a Torch on my Map of Miracles. I thought that this Torch, would be ‘simply’ a piece of music. But Brian’s Torch turned out to be a journey… Continue reading What is Creativity?
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Once, I tried to create a huge sea-turtle smashing the window of a sea-aquarium. I woke up a Sunday-morning, dreaming a bright blue tubular light was shining in front of me. And I thought: “It’s the waves making the emotions.” Have you ever seen Rothko in real live? That is also waves making the emotion,… Continue reading Not the music makes the emotions, the waves do.
We got stuck in a Zoom-in-meeting about details. Now, let’s Zoom-out of this meeting and write some Beautiful music. Let me explain: Inventive composers are always educating themselves. So it’s important to think about the best way to study your whole life, all the time. My personal experiences come from a self-educating perspective, an autodidact… Continue reading Zoom in – Zoom out
I was just thinking ‘Repetition doesn’t make Real’. Is a rehearsal a re-hearing? Or is it a re-petition? A lot of time is spend repeating phrases, parts, pieces. The conductor sets a personal goal and the musicians try to satisfy his/her demand. But this builds up to a co-dependence: The conductor needs the orchestra to… Continue reading Repetition doesn’t make real
The Vision of a 4D Cobweb over the moon. I got really completely stuck, my own Form didn’t work well for practical reasons, so I decided to use a Rondo instead. By pure perseverance the piece became longer and longer.. then, suddenly, things turned out really interesting. I stopped myself, knowing that I could not… Continue reading The 4D Cobweb of the Work of Art
From his book With my own two hands Rhythms govern the universe. It’s awe-inspiring to gaze into the heavens and contemplate the speed and predictable course of each planet. The rhythmic change of the seasons. Rhythm refers to any regulated movement containing strong and weak pulses. As, for example the ebb and flow of tides.… Continue reading Seymour Bernstein
. . . . . . . . Courage It takes courage to look back and be kind to everything you created. Being accepting and kind to all the Music that came to you, is much more provoking than ‘critiquing’ it. . . . . . . . . . Kindness I never thought about… Continue reading Viola and kindness