|120 Oblique Strategies|
1 - Don’t be frightened of cliches.
12 - Ask people to work against their better judgement.
13 - Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance.
14 - Infinitesimal gradations.
15 - Change instrument roles.
16 - Disconnect from desire.
17 - Emphasize repetitions.
18 - Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do.
19 - Don’t be frightened to display your talents.
20 - Breathe more deeply.
21 - Honor thy error as a hidden intention.
22 - What are the sections sections of? Imagine a caterpillar moving.
23 - Only one element of each kind.
24 - Emphasize differences.
25 - Do nothing for as long as possible.
26 - You don’t have to be ashamed of using your own ideas.
27 - Do the words need changing?
28 - Ask your body.
29 - Water.
30 - Simply a matter of work.
31 - Make a sudden, destructive, unpredictable action; incorporate.
32 - Consult other sources -promising -unpromising.
33 - Use an unacceptable color.
34 - Humanize something free of error.
35 - Use filters.
36 - Fill every beat with something.
37 - Discard an axiom.
38 - Not building a wall but making a brick.
39 - What wouldn’t you do?
40 - Lowest common denominator.
41 - Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle.
42 - Get your neck massaged.
43 - Listen to the quiet voice.
44 - Faced with a choice, do both.
45 - Is it finished?
46 - Put in earplugs.
47 - Reevaluation (a warm feeling).
48 - Give the name away.
49 - Intentions: -nobility of -humility of -credibility of.
50 - Abandon normal instruments.
51 - Use fewer notes.
52 - Repetition is a form of change.
53 - Give way to your worst impulse.
54 - Reverse.
55 - Trust in the you of now.
56 - Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events.
57 - What would your closest friend do?
58 - Distorting time.
59 - Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame.
60 - Feed the recording back out of the medium.
61 - Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element.
62 - The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten.
63 - Blank card.
64 - Ghost echoes.
65 - You can only make one dot at a time.
66 - Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them.
67 - Cascades.
68 - Courage!
69 - Spectrum analysis.
70 - What mistakes did you make last time?
71 - Be extravagant.
72 - It is quite possible (after all).
73 - What are you really thinking about just now?
74 - State the problem in words as clearly as possible.
75 - Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics.
76 - Go outside. Shut the door.
77 - Disciplined self-indulgence
78 - Do we need holes?
79 - Always first steps.
80 - Cut a vital connection.
81 - Do something boring.
82 - Define an area as ‘safe’ and use it as an anchor.
83 - Question the heroic approach.
84 - Twist the spine.
85 - Work at a different speed.
86 - Look closely at the most embarrassing details & amplify them.
87 - Mechanicalize something idiosyncratic.
88 - Emphasize the flaws.
89 - Remember those quiet evenings.
90 - Take a break.
91 - Short circuit principal - a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap.
92 - Use an old idea.
93 - Destroy -nothing -the most important thing.
94 - Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency.
95 - Always give yourself credit for having more than personality (given by Arto Lindsay).
96 - Lost in useless territory.
97 - Don’t stress one thing more than another.
98 - Accretion.
99 - The tape is now the music.
100 - Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do & do the last thing on the list.
101 - Use “unqualified” people.
102 - Accept advice.
103 - Steal a solution.
104 - Describe the landscape in which this belongs.
105 - What else is this like?
106 - List the qualities it has. List those you’d like.
107 - Instead of changing the thing, change the world around it.
108 - What would make this really successful?
109 - Who would make this really successful?
110 - How would you explain this to your parents?
111 - Try faking it.
112 - What were the branch points in the evolution of this entity ?
113 - Back up a few steps. What else could you have done?
114 - When is it for? Who is it for?
115 - What do you do? Now, what do you do best?
116 - First work alone, then work in unusual pairs.
117 - What most recently impressed you? How is it similar? What can you learn from it? What could you take from it?
118 - Take away as much mystery as possible. What is left?
119 - Idiot Glee.
120 - Put it where it will be found.
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