FREE PLAY BY STEPHEN NACHMANOVITCH PDF

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FREE PLAY BY STEPHEN NACHMANOVITCH PDF

Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew Yang. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Free Play doesn’t deal directly with music practice, but it is nevertheless an important book for anyone interested in music (or other arts, or life).

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Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own cr. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity.

Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within shephen, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured plsy certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated – how we can be liberated – to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice.

The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening nachmanogitch, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

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Stephem book is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own cr This book is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Tarcherperigee first published January 11th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Free Playplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 20, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: The right book at the right time saves lives.

Man, you can say that about Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. The thing about play in art, is it’s a sign of strength to spare, wind to spare, like someone running a marathon who breaks out into a pirouette. Sometimes working on a long project, the task just seems monstrous–like trying to build a gothic cathedral all by yourself. This book is a reminder, for a writer in long form, that it’s not stone on stone, a heavy, exhausting thing. That The right book at the right time saves lives.

That play, like the free jazz that the violinist author Nachmanovitch loves, makes heavy work light. That there are other ways to solve problems, other ways to approach the page, and that improvisation, the lightness of it, the in-the-momentness of its playfulness, IS the ‘air that falls through the net’ that Neruda describes. We arrange them, cook them, render them down, digest them. We add, subtract, reframe, shift, break part, melt together.

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Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

The play of revision and editing transforms the raw into the cooked. This is a whole art unto itself, of vision and revision, playing again with the half-baked products of our prior play. There is a stereotyped belief that the muse in us acts from inspiration, while the editor in us acts from reason and judgment. But if we leave our imp or improviser out of the process, re-vision becomes impossible.

If I see the paragraph I wrote last month as mere words on a page, they become dead and so do I… “Some elements of artistic editing: The first three can perhaps be summarized under the category of good taste, which involvers sensation, sense of balance and knowledge of the medium, leavened with an appropriate sense of outrageousness…. I can’t be reminded of it enough. Nov 24, Ganesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the fall, I discovered this book in my boyfriend’s apartment.

As I was falling in love, this excerpt resonated deeply with me: We tune, more and more finely, our capacity to sense the other person’s subtleties. We are willing to be infinitely patient and persevering. In a se In the fall, I discovered this book in my boyfriend’s apartment.

In a sense, genius equals compassion, because both involve the infinite capacity for taking pains. The great lovers, the great world reformers and peacemakers, are those who have passed beyond their individual ego demands and are able to hear the cries of the world.

The motive is not self-gratification, but gratification of a bigger being of which we are part. Genius and compassion signify a transcendent, painstaking thoroughness and attention to detail–taking the trouble to take care of our body and mind and everyone else’s body and mind. This is exactly what we do when we set out on the adventure of loving another human being.

We learn, the easy or the hard, to cultivate receptivity and mutual, expressive emancipation.

Book Review: “Free Play,” by Stephen Nachmanovich – The Practice of Practice

Feb 03, Nottyboy rated it liked it. Did not get interesting until the middle, where there were some concrete suggestions on how to play around with limits, the interplay between creativity and judgement. The beginning and the end of the book are weakest, in my opinion. They are filled with too much pseudo-spiritual riffs, or get off track with rants against mainstream society, neither of which did much for me.

All that said, I still think it was a worthwhile read for what was there regarding improvisation. Jan 21, Jesse rated it did not like it. This book really bothered me. I started out just disagreeing with the way things were worded. The book is poorly organized. It was missing structural guidelines such as transition paragraphs, or a general outline in the beginning. I didn’t know where it was going. Many of the chapters seemed incomplete. But this was not the main thing that bothered me.

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I could have dealt with that. What pissed me off the most was This book really bothered me. What pissed me off the most was Nachmanovitch’s oppressive generalizations that where telling me how I felt and what I experienced as an improvisor.

For example, he writes, “The most frustrating, agonizing part of creative work, and the one we grapple with every day in practice, is our encounter with the gap between what we feel and what we can express. And this happens over and over again. At one point he says that Beethoven’s Battle Symphony was his “worst piece. And who would read this and not be pissed off? All he had to do was instead write, “In my opinion, Beethoven’s worst piece was It seemed that there was something assuming, or generalizing, or offensive to me as an improvisor in every paragraph, then soon it seemed like every sentence.

Do not read this book. I hope that my anger over it doesn’t lead you to read it out of curiosity.

It is a terrible waste of paper. Nchmanovitch all 3 comments. Apr 13, Flissy rated it really liked it Nachmanogitch A lot of things rang true with what I have come to believe about creativity and my own process. My number one creative mantra lately has been “All creative acts have value. Another thing I found really interesting is that he stresses the importance of allowing your internal muse and intern A lot of things rang true with what I have come to believe about creativity and my own process.

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Another thing I found really interesting is that he stresses the importance of allowing your internal muse and internal editor to run parallel to each other. When the editor crosses the muses path, you can get blocked by negative inner dialogue, etc. It’s given me something to think about while I work out challenges in my dance, particularly.

Nov 22, Anna Granberg rated it really liked it. This is an interesting read on creativity and improvisation to come back to. I read it with pen in hand and highlighted the parts that spoke to me.

If I reread, I feel like I might find other parts that capture me next time. Some parts of the book were too filled with spiritual flummery for my taste, and I didn’t like that some is written like if it were the objective truth, even though it’s the writer’s opinion, theories and own experiences. The writing is also unnecessarily complicated, often I This is an interesting read on creativity and improvisation to come back to.

The writing is also unnecessarily complicated, often I found I could rephrase a couple of paragraphs in just a sentence or two. Then I was like ‘oh, was that what you meant, couldn’t you just have said so! Mar 25, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book at least twice. I was trying to be a serious musician and artist; I’d just discovered that I loved writing.