allaboutgeorge + improvisation   19

S.F. Gate: Stanford Laptop Orchestra makes music with Macs
"One of the basic questions we're asking is, What are computers good at doing and what are people good at?"

"Computers are great at producing sounds - anything we can write an algorithm for, we can hear. They don't get tired, they have a lot of processing power, and they're easily networked.

"People, on the other hand, are adaptable. They're social. The notions of expressiveness and intention more readily applicable to people.

"You pull all these elements together, and then you see where the intersection is."
music  computers  technology  mac  macbook  apple  creativity  improvisation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chatroulette Piano Improv’s Merton on YouTube Takedowns, Ben Folds and What’s Under That Hoodie
NewTeeVee: Does Chatroulette have value beyond novelty as a communications device?

Merton: I think it does. It’s always going to be a strange communications device because you can’t choose with whom you’re going to communicate. But I think they should keep that format because I think that’s what makes it special. It’s inconvenient that there’s a bunch of naked dudes on there, but the fact that they can do that allows me to do what I do, in a certain sense, because there’s freedom all around. If that’s what has to stay in order for it to stay a free speech situation, that’s fine with me.
interview  internet  web  online  creativity  music  youtube  video  livemusic  improvisation  piano 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz Columns: Thelonious Monk: Ode To A Sphere — By Vijay Iyer — Jazz Articles
[...] When Monk played someone else’s music, he would recast it in this sonic language. His versions were the result of painstaking labor. Each harmony was seemingly rebuilt from scratch, chosen with care and worked over, and every ornament, filigree, run and fill carefully considered. And yet the playing was also full of risk. You can’t help but notice the liveness of it, the sense of possibility and discovery, the chances taken and the rewards reaped.

That risk lies somewhere in the dialogue between rhythm and improvisation—in the sustained buoyancy of pulse that is his signature, and in the real-time melodic invention that forms a counterpoint to it. [...]
jazz  creativity  improvisation  beauty  music  language  magazines 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Revolutionary choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90 - Los Angeles Times
"When you work on something that you don't know about, how do you figure out what's right for that moment?" he asked rhetorically in the 2005 Times interview. "Using chance can be a way of looking at what you do in another way without depending always on your memory. It helps something else to come out that otherwise you wouldn't have known about." [...] "Very often you discover something that you think is impossible. You do it, you try it out -- and it is impossible. But while you're doing it, you discover something else you didn't know about. I always think there's something else -- not necessarily that I'm going to find it, but I know there's always something else."
dance  art  creativity  work  improvisation  music  dancing  thinking 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Capa Cache
"Capa established a mode and the method of depicting war in these photographs, of the photographer not being an observer but being in the battle, and that became the standard that audiences and editors from then on demanded."
photography  beauty  war  documentary  aesthetics  creativity  journalism  art  spain  mexico  improvisation 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Concerts Found Onstage While Everyone Else Takes a Break
"I have faith that in any sound or collection of sounds, music lies therein. [...] It does sound crazy. Craziness is the root of many great musical ideas and the source for new ways of listening and considering the world around us."
music  aesthetics  art  classical  improvisation  creativity  urban  gonzo  outdoors  concerts  hiphop  podcasting  theater 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Murphy's Romance by Catrinel Bartolomeu - Screening Room
"I have to keep myself on my back foot by doing things as quickly as I can, and keeping them whether they're fucked up or not, and trying to work with the fucked-upness."
songwriting  creativity  nyc  art  music  dance  rock  aesthetics  improvisation  interviews 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge - Don't Tell Me by Kai Ma
"Withholding information does not equate dishonesty. We make contracts with people all the time. I don't tell my girlfriends that they're fat. Am I lying? No. I'm simply trying to sustain a relationship."
health  sex  relationships  marriage  information  polyamory  improvisation 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge / Greener Pastures: Michael Tolkin on Robert Altman
"He told me he wanted the film to be like white jazz, a distinction he didn’t define. Watching his work after he said that, I think I understood what he meant; he’d have rhythm and swing, but no deep blues, especially no faked blues [...]"
writing  fiction  creativity  jazz  cinema  drama  improvisation 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Advertisements for myself | Salon Books
"What we truly want from a personal ad can never be put into words, so what we're left with is a set of acronyms ("DJW ISO SWM") with a few hobbies attached. This is a language game par excellence."
language  relationships  newspapers  media  love  marriage  men  women  writing  nonfiction  fiction  philosophy  aesthetics  identity  improvisation  creativity 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge From the computer mouse to the newest Swiffer, IDEO is the firm behind the scenes
"Others [say] 'We have the smartest people in the world; therefore, we can think this through.' We [say] that the answer is out there, hidden in plain sight, so let's go observe human behavior and see where the opportunities are."
design  aesthetics  beauty  creativity  behavior  improvisation  thinking  minimalism 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Apple - Pro - Profiles - BT, p. 2
"At one point I was in Mexico with a portable 24-bit recorder holding up a mic to the ventilation system in a parking garage because it had such a clear ring to it."
songwriting  technology  architecture  improvisation  cinema  music  pop  dance  aesthetics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Xan Brooks talks to Chiwetel Ejiofor of "Kinky Boots"
"Even though I loved the part, there's always this possibility that it just wasn't in me; that I'd throw on the wig and say the lines and look like a moron or a fraud. But actually something different happened. It was like I had been released."
men  gender  cinema  improvisation 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: David Peschek talks to pianist Brad Mehldau
"You have the ability to make a pretty intricate narrative, to play around with time itself, like a novel does, and your memory, and your expectation of what's taking place. Monk is doing that, Wayne Shorter, Coltrane."
jazz  improvisation  music  songwriting  creativity  novels 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYFA Quarterly: Jace Clayton's "Feedback Loops"
"A few days ago, Nettle’s violin and oud player, Abdelaziz Hak, brought up taqasims to explain his response to a beat I’d prepared for him. I broke into a silly grin."
creativity  identity  aesthetics  music  songwriting  improvisation  world 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Queen of Scots
"She's always trying to create a world where it's okay not to always know what you're doing, it's okay to be unsure, it's okay to be all different kinds of people. She's making a vote for being permissive, for not being judgmental, and for being more huma
cinema  aesthetics  identity  improvisation  creativity  women 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Playing His Own Revival
"When you make yourself a conduit for something that can't fit through the space you've given it, you might make noises to get it out, you might gyrate, you might throw up - though not on stage, you hope."
jazz  music  songwriting  improvisation  aesthetics 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: How To Speak Music - A Juilliard professor teaches me to play the piano like a child.
"There's something absolutely fitting about the way Bob used my name as a teaching tool. It was there. It was right there, waiting to be used."
music  songwriting  aesthetics  improvisation  teaching 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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