Saturday, March 04, 2006

Shape selection

I've inserted another profiling technique in the Profiling the Zone of Attention post: shape selection. Here is the insert:

Shape selection

With shape selection I set a question in the format:

What's the shape of X? (or what's approximately the shape of X?)

For the X I can either select a random object from a page of Directed Association results or choose an object in the Zone Of Attention. These could lead to questions such as:

Random object: What's the shape of an umbrella?
Using an object in the Zone of Attention: What's the shape of the space bar?

A theory on songwriting creativity

You can't write your favourite song. Or perhaps, more accurately, I could say: you can't write the feel of your favourite song. The brain has had years (or months) to assimilate the 'information' of the song. You can't recreate that feel with something new. The feel that you want when you write a song is the feel you get when you hear a song for the first time and it gives you a buzz.

Perhaps as an aid to songwriting creativity you could 'flood' yourself with newness; listen to a radio and skip from station to station ensuring you only listen to songs (or music) that are new. Perhaps liking the songs (or even getting the 'new song buzz') is a bonus. Your ear gets a feel for melodic newness and this is sometimes (I've found) carried over to your songwriting creativity.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sleep and problem solving

I posted the following question on BrainReactions' Brainstorming tool:

The brain continues to work on problems while we sleep. How can we fully exploit this?

Any thoughts? Here are my initial thoughts:

1) Write the problem on paper (perhaps in mind map form, incorporating colour and images etc)
2) Do some quick free-association on the subject
3) Read the problem statement before sleeping
4) Read the problem statement on waking and see if any ideas immediately come to light. Do some quick free association to see if ideas on the periphery of awareness come to light.
5) Repeat the process each night

Perhaps it would also be a good idea to pen-in some reminders in a diary to consider the problem again: a week from the initial problem statement, a month later and at six months.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006