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Re: creativity

>1. graphs
>    -when I feel limited in a particular piece I'll often work from a 
>for instance, my ambient project used to play a chart of stock market
>returns over the past 50 years.  very fun!  we would "notate" the graph 
>colors for moods (blue=sad, red=intense, green=layered, etc) and indicate
>how long (length of time) each section would roughly take.  some great
>results with this one.

I had a couple of interesting performances a few years ago based on this
idea.  The performance was called Kaballah Clocks and it was a half hour
piece, based tonally on the 10 'stations' of the mystical Kaballah.  Each
station has a 'color' associated with it.  Color resonates at a certain
light frequency, and we associated those (angstrom?) frequencies with Hz
frequencies of sound, so each 'station' had a tonal drone that we
improvised within.  Each member of the ensemble had a clock in front of
them and we played in each 'station' for 3 minutes, and then mutated to the
next, and to the next, culminating at the top station of the Kaballah,
associated with Brilliant White light.

Definitely a noisy piece, but what a crescendo!  We were purely
improvising, and made no grandiose pretensions about how good the piece was
going to be.  Afterwards, though, we had people coming up and saying how
amazing it was, and that they had drifted off into some state of meditation
during the piece, even though we had not introduced it in any way...it just
was the end of our set.

Super fun and musically/experimentally/spiritually rewarding