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Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies Card Text

(Part 2)


Are there sections? Consider transitions
Turn it upside down
Think of the radio

Simple subtraction

Go slowly all the way round the outside
A line has two sides

Towards the insignificant

Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance
Infinitesimal gradations
Change instrument roles

Emphasize repetitions
Faced with a choice, do both (given by Dieter Rot)
Children -speaking -singing

A very small object Its center

Honor thy error as a hidden intention
What are the sections sections of? Imagine a caterpillar moving
Only one element of each kind
Is there something missing

Emphasize differences
Do nothing for as long as possible
Bridges -build -burn

Do the words need changing?

Make a sudden, destructive unpredictable action; incorporate
Consult other sources -promising -unpromising
Use an unacceptable color
Humanize something free of error
Use filters
Fill every beat with something

Not building a wall but making a brick

Decorate, decorate
Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle

Listen to the quiet voice
Do the washing up

Reevaluation (a warm feeling)
Give the name away
Intentions -nobility of -humility of -credibility of
Abandon normal instruments
Use fewer notes
Repetition is a form of change
Give way to your worst impulse

Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events
What would your closest friend do?
Distorting time

Feed the recording back out of the medium
Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element
The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten
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Ghost echoes
You can only make one dot at a time
Just carry on
(Organic) machinery
The inconsistency principle

Don't break the silence

Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them

Spectrum analysis
What mistakes did you make last time?
Consider different fading systems
Mute and continue

Assemble some of the elements in a group and treat the group
You are an engineer
Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics
Look at the order in which you do things
Go outside. Shut the door.
Disciplined self-indulgence
Do we need holes?

Cluster analysis
Always first steps
Cut a vital conenction
Do something boring
Define an area as `safe' and use it as an anchor
Is the information correct?
Overtly resist change
Question the heroic approach
Accept advice
Twist the spine
Work at a different speed
Look closely at the most embarrassing details & amplify them
Mechanicalize something idiosyncratic
Emphasize the flaws
Remember those quiet evenings
Take a break
Short circuit (example; a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap)
Left channel, right channel, center channel
Use an old idea
Destroy -nothing -the most important thing
Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency
The tape is now the music

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