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
My vision on music, inspiring art and events, new ideas. How to be an artist. Thoughts on the role of the composer in music.
Visual Spacial Creativity
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
What is 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?
Genres and Forms in the Universe of Miracles
Genres and Forms in the Universe of Miracles Maybe you dreamed of eating all the ice-cream in the shop, running through water on a cold day, buying all the puppies in the store. Now is the time to do that. In the Universe of Miracles, there are no traditional genres and FORMS. The use of… Continue reading Genres and Forms in the Universe of Miracles
Teddy is Music
Let me tell you a little about my previous profession, I promise, this is going to be fascinating: Before I was blessed with this strange talent, I was a teddy-bear-doctor with a teddy-bear-hotel, where your ‘Teddy’ could go for wellness and treatment. Costumers would send their Teddy on a holiday by mail and I would… Continue reading Teddy is Music
The Necklace as a new beginning
“The New Beginning” is a composition by S. Melillo, that made me think “full circle” with the ‘necklace’-idea!! Look at the necklace picture. It’s not a mistake nor a problem: this is the FORM of a new beginning. Remember Stephen telling me never to use the word “problem”, but “challenge” instead? He was right: Problems… Continue reading The Necklace as a new beginning
Thinking Tool: Q&A in a FORM-poem
When I have to think about structural, philosophical, emotional or spiritual dimensions of Music, or have to find my path through new territory. I formulate questions, words, ideas, answers and put the into a FORM. FORM helps form-ulate all thoughts, helps stripping it down to a minimum of words, structures ideas, connects and repeats. It’s… Continue reading Thinking Tool: Q&A in a FORM-poem
Planning and organizing an oeuvre
“When a bar is a small tiny bit of the whole oeuvre, how does it relate to all the other Music? Not only the Music that is already there, but also the Music that is still to come? “ It all started with making my video ‘how I work’. When I watched it, I noticed… Continue reading Planning and organizing an oeuvre
Busoni: music is free.
When you want to set Music free, why do words get in the way? I had a discussion over the mail with S. Melillo, he stated that:“You can’t defy nature” AND “It’s all waves.” AND (my own twist on a remark) “When you can describe it with words, why bother write Music?” Together with our… Continue reading Busoni: music is free.
Werken in Wezep
Vanwege werkzaamheden voor ons huis, hebben we de afgelopen weken gewoond en gewerkt op de B&B van boerderij “Op Vollenhof” te Wezep. Een inspirerende omgeving met dieren, tuin, wijnstokken, zonnepanelen, geiten, kippen, paarden. Achterin het veld een imker met originele rieten korven. Boven de bomen allerhand roofvogels en een kerkuil op het terrein. Terwijl iedereen… Continue reading Werken in Wezep