oblique strategies

(Organic) machinery A line has two sides A very small object -Its centre Abandon desire Abandon normal instructions Accept advice Accretion Adding on Allow an easement (an easement is the abandonment of a stricture) Always first steps Always give yourself credit for having more than personality Always the first steps Are there sections? Consider transitions Ask people to work against their better judgement Ask your body Assemble some of the elements in a group and treat the group Back up a few steps. What else could you have done? Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle Be dirty Be extravagant Be less critical more often Breathe more deeply Bridges -build -burn Call your mother and ask her what to do. Cascades Change ambiguities to specifics Change instrument roles Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency Change specifics to ambiguities Children's voices -speaking -singing Cluster analysis Consider different fading systems Consider transitions Consult other sources -promising -unpromising Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element Courage! Cut a vital connection Decorate, decorate Define an area as `safe' and use it as an anchor Describe the landscape in which this belongs. (9 August) Destroy nothing; Destroy the most important thing Discard an axiom Disciplined self-indulgence Disconnect from desire Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them Discover your formulas and abandon them Display your talent Distorting 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 be afraid of things because they're easy to do Don't be frightened of cliches Don't be frightened to display your talents 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 Feed the recording back out of the medium Feedback recordings into an acoustic situation Fill every beat with something Find a safe part and use it as an anchor First work alone, then work in unusual pairs. From nothing to more than nothing Get your neck massaged Ghost echoes Give the game away Give way to your worst impulse Go outside. Shut the door. Go slowly all the way round the outside Go to an extreme, move back to a more comfortable place How would someone else do it? How would you explain this to your parents? How would you have done it? Humanize something that is free of error. Idiot glee (?) Imagine the music as a moving chain or caterpillar Imagine the music as a series of disconnected events In total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly Infinitesimal gradations Instead of changing the thing, change the world around it. Intentions -credibility of -nobility of -humility of Into the impossible Is it finished? Is something missing? Is the intonation correct? Is the style right? Is the tuning appropriate? Is the tuning intonation correct? Is there something missing? It is quite possible (after all) It is simply a matter or work Just carry on Left channel, right channel, centre channel List the qualities it has. List those you'd like. Listen in total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly Listen to the quiet voice Look at a very small object, look at its centre Look at the order in which you do things Look closely at the most embarrassing details and amplify. Lost in useless territory Lowest common denominator check -single beat -single note -single riff Magnify the most difficult details Make a blank valuable by putting it in an excquisite frame Make a sudden, destructive unpredictable action; incorporate Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list Make it more sensual Make what's perfect more human Mechanize something idiosyncratic Move towards the unimportant Mute and continue Not building a wall but making a brick Once the search has begun, something will be found Only a part, not the whole Only one element of each kind Overtly resist change Pae White's non-blank graphic metacard Pay attention to distractions Picture of a man spotlighted Put in earplugs Question the heroic approach Remember those quiet evenings Remove a restriction Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities Remove the middle, extend the edges Repetition is a form of change Retrace your steps Revaluation (a warm feeling) Reverse Short circuit (example; a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap) Shut the door and listen from outside Simple subtraction Simply a matter of work Slow preparation, fast execution Spectrum analysis State the problem in words as simply as possible Steal a solution. Take a break Take away as much mystery as possible. What is left? Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance Take away the important parts Tape your mouth The inconsistency principle The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten The tape is now the music Think - inside the work -outside the work Think of the radio Tidy up Towards the insignificant Trust in the you of now Try faking it Turn it upside down Twist the spine Use "unqualified" people. Use an old idea Use an unacceptable color Use cliches Use fewer notes Use filters Use something nearby as a model Use your own ideas Voice your suspicions Water What are the sections sections of? Imagine a caterpillar moving What context would look right? What do you do? Now, what do you do best? What else is this like? What is the reality of the situation? What is the simplest solution? What mistakes did you make last time? What most recently impressed you? How is it similar? What can you learn from it? What could you take from it? What to increase? What to reduce? What to maintain? What were the branch points in the evolution of this entity What were you really thinking about just now? Incorporate What would make this really successful? What would your closest friend do? What wouldn't you do? When is it for? Who is it for? Where is the edge? Which parts can be grouped? Who would make this really successful? Work at a different speed Would anyone want it? You are an engineer You can only make one dot at a time You don't have to be ashamed of using your own ideas Your mistake was a hidden intention