The Oblique Strategies

“Over 100 worthwhile dilemmas” BRIAN ENO and PETER SCHMIDT

Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list

It is quite possible (after all)

Oblique Strategies © 1975, 1978, and 1979 Brian Eno/Peter Schmidt

Not building a wall but making a brick

Honor thy error as a hidden intention

Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them g

Would anybody want it?

Mute and continue

Take away the elements in y order of apparent nonimportance

Go to an extreme move back extreme, to a more comfortable place p

Accept advice

Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics p

Listen to the quiet voice

A line has two sides

Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities g

Turn it upside down

Question the heroic approach

Do nothing for as long as p possible

very quietly y g .Faced with a choice. look at its centre Is it finished? Go outside. Shut the door Mechanicalise something idiosyncratic y Fill every beat with something The inconsistency principle Reverse . yq y Always give yourself credit for having more than p g personality y Emphasize differences Simply a matter of work Courage! Do something boring Use an old idea Do the words need changing? Look at a very small object object. do both Consult other sources -promising -unpromising p g p g Use fewer notes Listen in total darkness or in a darkness. very large room.

Give the game away Overtly resist change Short circuit (example. a man eating p g peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap) p) Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events Revaluation (a warm feeling) Ghost echoes Tidy up What mistakes did you make last time? Disciplined self-indulgence Don't break the silence Don t Don't be afraid of things because they're easy to do y y Be less critical more often Bridges -build -burn Intentions -credibility of credibility -nobility of -humility of y y Infinitesimal gradations Ask people to work against their better j g judgment Work at a different speed Towards the insignificant .

You can only make one dot at a time State the problem in words as clearly as p y possible Is there something missing? Give way to your worst impulse p Go slowly all the way round the outside Lowest common denominator Are there sections? Consider transitions The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten g y g Emphasize repetitions Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame p g q Water Allow an easement (an ( easement is the abandonment of a stricture) Just carry on Use an unacceptable colour Simple subtraction Tape your mouth Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency y Look at the order in which you do things g .

destructive unpredictable action.Decorate. decorate Do we need holes? Don t Don't stress one thing more than another How would you have done it? Get your neck massaged Breathe more deeply Be extravagant Repetition is a form of change Humanize something free of error Is the intonation correct? Use filters Be dirty What would your closest friend do? You are an engineer Make a sudden. incorporate Into the impossible Look closely at the most y embarrassing details and amplify them Once the search is in progress. something will be found .

right channel channel channel.What is the reality of the situation? Feedback recordings into an acoustic situation Cut a vital connection Twist the spine Don't be frightened of clichés Disconnect from desire Emphasize the flaws Only one element of each kind Assemble some of the elements in a group and treat the group Do the washing up Think of the radio Take a break Left channel. centre channel Remember those quiet evenings g Shut the door and listen from outside Trust in the you of now Children -speaking -singing Only a part. not the whole .

Retrace your steps Always first steps Define an area as 'safe' and safe use it as an anchor You don't have to be ashamed don t of using y g your own ideas Discard an axiom From nothing to more than nothing g Once the search is in progress. something will be found Lost in useless territory What are you really thinking about just now? j Don t Don't be frightened to display y your talents What are the sections sections of? Imagine a caterpillar moving Destroy -nothing -the most nothing the important thing p g Abandon normal instruments Accretion Use 'unqualified' people .

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