Daily Archives: November 17, 2012

Marconi Union – Weightless

On October 16th 2011, Marconi Union created an eight minute track, ‘Weightless’ in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. In a scientific study commisioned by the Radox, it was labelled as the “most relaxing song ever”. According to scientists at the renowned Mindlab institution it induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought test subjects resting pulse rates to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates. The song features guitar, piano and manipulated field recordings. It is punctuated throughout by low tones that supposedly induce a trance-like state. This propelled the band into the media spotlight and news reports, and was reported in newspapers worldwide.
Characteristically, MU declined almost all requests for interviews with the exception of a brief interview with Jarvis Cocker, during which they explicitly stated that they refused to make any claims about the so called therapeutic properties of the track, their interest in the project had been limited to the process of writing it in collaboration with the sound therapy professionals and they had set about making a piece of music they liked. They had taken no part in the testing, and that all the claims made about Weightless came from scientists and the media. Since then they have reverted to type and declined all further interview requests. inf:Wikipedia

This day will not come again

This is awesome.

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A lord asked Takuan, a Zen Teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others. Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man:

Not twice this day

Inch time foot gem.

This day will not come again.

Each minute is worth a priceless gem.

Takuan Soho, Zen Teacher, 1573 – 1645.

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5 Freewriting Secrets for Being a “Genius” (From Psychology Today)

These 5 tips enhance freewriting to generate more ideas.

Published on November 21, 2010 by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. in Creating in Flow
 

Freewriting

You’ve heard of freewriting, certainly. At its most basic, it’s about forcing your internal editor to stay away while you splash your most raw and unusual thoughts onto the page. 

In Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insights, and Content (2nd edition, revised & updated), Mark Levy tells how he uses freewriting, not only to loosen up his writing muscles, but to solve business problems of all kinds.

Levy, author, writing teacher, and marketing strategist, shares a few “secrets” for making freewriting an indispensible tool:

5 Freewriting Tips

1. Try Easy. “Start scribbling, then remind yourself that you’re simply looking to put some decent words and ideas down on the page: you’re not trying to produce deathless prose and world-beating ideas in the course of a single night’s writing.” That recalls my own advice to “trivialize the task.”

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  • 2. Work the Way You Think. “Use kitchen language. Coined by Ken Macrorie, it’s a phrase that describes the language you use around the house when you’re lounging in knock-around clothes. It’s good strong language, but not the kind you’d normally use to get your point across in most settings.”

3. Learn to Love Lying. Freewrite about fantastic scenarios and you may find your mind unclogged. “If an element in your situation is small, think of it as tiny or jumbo.” For a fascinating example of this, see the giant puppet girl.

4. Getting a Hundred Ideas Is Easier Than Getting One. When you seek the one great idea, your perfectionism gets in the way of creativity. When you set out to amass lots of ideas, you won’t stop at the first halfway decent one.

5. Build an Inventory of Thoughts. Make good use of your freewriting pages by grabbing and sorting keepable ideas into a set of files (or a writer’s notebook).

Levy elaborates on each of those tips, and many more, using anecdotes from many realms. (I suggest you keep a batch of yellow stickies handy while you read.)