View the summary of this work. Bookmark: Author: Nachmanovitch, Stephen; Subjects: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.). Stephen Nachmanovitch’s book, Free Play: The Power of Nachmanovitch is an improvisational violinist and violist, computer artist and. Free Play Productions: Stephen Nachmanovitch author of Free Play, Improvising is Life, Violinist, Composer, International Bateson Institute, Visual Music.

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Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts

This book is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. Practicing improvisation is just making little changes, to keep adjusting -as when you wiggle your back around and wiggle your head around and become balanced sitting in a chair or playing your instrument.

Frde we were able to find it interesting. A ludic attitude can make pretty much anything fun, but drawing on the work of one play scholar, the cultural historian Johan Huizinga, ludus is one aspect of play while the other paidia seen by Ve philosopher of play Roger Caillois as having four stages — disturbance, tumult, fantasy and imagination.

You know, nachmznovitch terms of practicing traditional music, we think in terms of correcting mistakes. 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. They are in many countries. Jan 12, Luisa Asiul rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: Of course, for me in my life, it is the only thing that I can practise.


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Though, of course, play is not the opposite of seriousness, because you see children or adults playing together and they are often very serious and very concentrated and doing something that seems very important at the time and that is also play…. Another book representative of my recently-favourite genre: Still, a lpay read, if you’re into it.

Notify me of new posts by email. All this things are completely normal, there is nothing nachmanovjtch it that is unusual or strange. People interested in “the five steps to improving your creativity” will find this book highly unsatisfying.

It is about where art in the widest sense comes from.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Now I occasionally feel the creative impulse come back to me after, say, visiting a museum, but I’m far from the book’s appealing ideal of treating life as ncahmanovitch with which to shape art. There is a stereotyped belief that the muse in us acts from inspiration, while the editor in us acts from reason and judgment.

I recently recommended it to a person who works in the sciences and she found it helped her work through a difficult task she was confronted with. Many of the chapters seemed incomplete.

Because also it is important to bring this into spaces that are non-safe. Dec 25, Paul added it. Eliot technique temenos theater thing thought tion totally tune unconscious violin voice whole William Blake writing.

Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts – The Listeners’ Club

Sep 09, Maria rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Following the leads, so that every questions leads you naturally to another question, to another question, to another question.


Creation is hard work and Nachmanovitch will not do your heavy lifting for you, but he will point you to the moon even—perhaps especially—if you have seen it before. Nov 22, Anna Granberg rated it really liked it. How can we unlock our inner muse, find joy in the creative process and unleash the full potential of our imagination? He said I had to write about what I do.

Mar 06, Malcolm rated it really liked it. It also means love. If you go into whatever practice of introspection — meditation, for example- and you have a target, you will be sitting there for a long time.

Jan 21, Jesse rated it did not like it. Views Read Edit View history. So I started learning the structure of Indian music, which is one of this forms of semi-composed, semi-improvised music, half way in between. So, one direction, relating to that story of finger-kissing, would be to educate not by hunting mistakes or not by looking towards the examination, but towards the processes.

This is an interesting read on creativity and improvisation to come back to.

And you practice or prepare by improvising. Because forgetting leaves room for something new. Why is it so important to recover our inner child, and the attitude of playing in our life situations?