from “oblique strategies” / brian eno, peter schmidt. 1974

https://sentireascoltare.com/artisti/brian-eno/

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  • Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities
  • Don’t be frightened of cliches
  • What is the reality of the situation?
  • Are there sections? Consider transitions
  • Turn it upside down
  • Think of the radio
  • Allow an easement (an easement is the abandonment of a stricture)
  • Simple subtraction
  • Be dirty
  • Go slowly all the way round the outside
  • A line has two sides
  • Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do & do the last thing on the list
  • Into the impossible
  • Towards the insignificant
  • Ask people to work against their better judgement
  • Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance
  • Infinitesimal gradations
  • Change instrument roles
  • Accretion
  • Disconnect from desire
  • Emphasize repetitions
  • Faced with a choice, do both (given by Dieter Rot)
  • Children -speaking -singing
  • Lost in useless territory
  • A very small object Its center
  • Dont be afraid of things because they’re easy to do
  • Dont be frightened to display your talents
  • Breathe more deeply
  • 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
  • Use `unqualified’ people
  • How would you have done it?
  • Emphasize differences
  • Do nothing for as long as possible
  • Bridges -build -burn
  • Always give yourself credit for having more than personality (given by Arto Lindsay)
  • You don’t have to be ashamed of using your own ideas
  • Tidy up
  • Do the words need changing?
  • Ask your body
  • Tape your mouth (given by Ritva Saarikko)
  • Water
  • Simply a matter of work
  • 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
  • Discard an axiom
  • Not building a wall but making a brick
  • What wouldn’t you do?
  • Lowest common denominator
  • Decorate, decorate
  • Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle
  • Get your neck massaged
  • Listen to the quiet voice
  • Do the washing up
  • Is it finished?
  • Put in earplugs
  • 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
  • Reverse
  • Trust in the you of now
  • Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events
  • What would your closest friend do?
  • Distorting time
  • Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame
  • 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
  • [blank white card]
  • Ghost echoes
  • You can only make one dot at a time
  • Just carry on
  • (Organic) machinery
  • The inconsistency principle
  • Don’t break the silence
  • Idiot glee (?)
  • Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them
  • Cascades
  • Courage!
  • Spectrum analysis
  • What mistakes did you make last time?
  • Consider different fading systems
  • Mute and continue
  • Be extravagant
  • It is quite possible (after all)
  • What are you really thinking about just now?
  • Don’t stress on thing more than another [sic]
  • State the problem in words as clearly as possible
  • 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

from http://www.elephant-talk.com/articles/eno-obli.htm
[by John Lorch]

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These cards evolved from our separate observations of the principles underlying what we are doing. Sometimes they were recognized in retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated. They can be used as a pack (a set of possibilities being continuously reviewed in the mind) or by drawing a single card from a shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if it appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident. — Brian Eno

https://blog.acehotel.com/post/143802478218/these-cards-evolved-from-our-separate-observations

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on line generator:

http://stoney.sb.org/eno/oblique.html

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The “core” Oblique Strategies.

These cards occur in all three versions of the Oblique Strategies decks. These cards remain unchanged through all three printings:

Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities
Don’t be frightened of cliches
What is the reality of the situation?
Are there sections? Consider transitions
Turn it upside down
Think of the radio
Allow an easement (an easement is the abandonment of a stricture)
Simple subtraction
Go slowly all the way round the outside
A line has two sides
Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the
last thing on the list
Into the impossible
Ask people to work against their better judgement
Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance
Infinitesimal gradations
Change instrument roles
Accretion
Disconnect from desire
Emphasize repetitions
Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do
Don’t be frightened to display your talents
Breathe more deeply
Honor thy error as a hidden intention
Only one element of each kind
Is there something missing?
Use `unqualified’ people
How would you have done it?
Emphasize differences
Do nothing for as long as possible
Bridges -build -burn
You don’t have to be ashamed of using your own ideas
Tidy up
Do the words need changing?
Ask your body
Water
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
Discard an axiom
What wouldn’t you do?
Decorate, decorate
Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle
Listen to the quiet voice
Is it finished?
Put in earplugs
Give the game away
Abandon normal instruments
Use fewer notes
Repetition is a form of change
Give way to your worst impulse
Reverse
Trust in the you of now
What would your closest friend do?
Distorting time
Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame
[blank white card]
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
Cascades
Courage!
What mistakes did you make last time?
Consider different fading systems
Mute and continue
It is quite possible (after all)
Don’t stress one thing more than another
You are an engineer
Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics
Look at the order in which you do things
Go outside. Shut the door.
Do we need holes?
Cluster analysis
Do something boring
Define an area as `safe’ and use it as an anchor
Overtly resist change
Accept advice
Work at a different speed
Look closely at the most embarrassing details and 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)
Use an old idea
Destroy -nothing -the most important thing
Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency
The tape is now the music

http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/osfaq2.html

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