Brian Eno – Oblique Strategies

The video is a representation of Brian’s work which featured on the Oscar winning film “Traffic,” and also Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later,” so already you know this guys reputation as a composer is a at a “worldwide honor standard,” but this blogs to discuss about his different approach to composing music, this term would be “Oblique Strategies.”

The general summary of this method is that it was created and first published in 1975 by Brian Eno. It is essentially printed cards with methods that help the artist through creative blocks or inspire lateral thinking (term = Out of the box thinking) these methods could be anything from listening to the track/ music from outside the room or saying that “Your mistake was a hidden intention,” all in the name of helping the musician into a different style of thinking. In my opinion this is brilliant because sometimes when your so pre – occupied with other things in your life, to think outside the box is a luxury and if given the tools to do so would be advantageous to the musician…. me!

Here’s a few examples of phrases or remarks that can break the deadlock or dilemma situation:

– Use an old idea
– State the problem in words as clearly as possible
– What would your closest friend do?
– What to increase? What to reduce?
– Are there sections? Consider transitions
– Try faking it
– Honor thy error as a true intention
– Ask your body
– Try working at a different speed

Yep however bizarre these may seem, (an there are a lot more, ranging to the ridiculous) these simple phrases and messages can inspire creativeness and give ideas to you. As I was writing this trying to give my opinion I was listening to the video attached, trying to pinpoint what methods were maybe used in Brian Enos own compositions. What an interesting thought!

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