Use Eno’s Oblique Strategies to unblock yourself.

In 1975 Brian Eno published a set of cards to help him unblock his creativity. There are now five editions and an a website where you can go read the cryptic messages. If your sitting in the dark without a single idea for your next song why not give it a try? Here’s are some examples:

State the problem in words as clearly as possible.
Only one element of each kind.
What would your closest friend do?
What to increase? What to reduce?
Are there sections? Consider transitions.
Try faking it!
Honour the error as a hidden intention. – Wikipedia.org

To read more online:
http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/oblique/oblique.html

You can buy your own set of cards from the offical Enoshop: click here

photo credit: Liz Henry

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 22, 2008 at 12:44 am, filed under song writing and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.