Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew Yang. Free Play doesn’t deal directly with music practice, but it is nevertheless an important book for anyone interested in music (or other arts, or life).

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Is it a target or is it something that just unfolds?

Freeplay with Stephen Nachmanovitch

I’ve shared it, relied upon it, and re-read it. Gregory Betson, the anthropologist.

When you talk about hunting and killing mistakes, there is that idea there. I remember staying up late into the night underlining passages that felt like a clear expression of stepheh worldview I had never considered. So you never say it is improvised? I might just have to read it again. How do you train in that?

I told you about this man, Herbert Zipper, the composer who was imprisoned in Dachau. This is a whole art unto itself, of vision and revision, playing again with the half-baked products of our prior play. Whether it is education of children or of older people, experiencing the process of discovery through adjustment, you know? In our education we normally punish the mistake. And pushing that range. Apr 10, Greg Talbot rated it it was amazing. Everybody has something to contribute, and part of the reason why it works, of course, is that we have created a circle of people who feel safe and trust each other, even if they have not met before.


Lila may be the simplest thing there isspontaneous, childish, disarming. Throughout this book I found myself remembering that conversation of over 35 years ago and realised that Nachmanovitch was explaining the rehearsal than Sam the poet had identified as the basis of successful spontaneity.

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I can imagine that this approach of bringing more improvisation to education can help children and youth to find more interest in the process of learning… Right. This will truly unlock the child-like creativity in all of us: Like when you asked about practice or preparation, it is the same sort of thing: Jajaja… But what will happen is that what you say then, gets coloured by the context and by the people who are there, and by the natural flow of speech.

This book ruminates on the nature of creative genius and proposes that we all have genius in us, if we just transcend rational selfhood, express that unbounded expression, and translate it back out through practiced craft. Relax, and bring play and into all aspects of life! And you practice or prepare by improvising.

If you call it gibberish, that makes it sound kind of silly, and easy and baby-like, which is really good because is the place where everybody can meet. I talked about that metaphor of sitting in a chair and adjusting your body, that everyone can do.


But put them together in some way so that you begin by feeling your connection to creativity. A lot of things rang true with what I have come to believe about creativity and my own process.

Free play : improvisation in life and art / Stephen Nachmanovitch – Details – Trove

I have several guidebooks for living and this is one of my most precious. And when we do those improvised one-minute pieces in the workshop nobody in the room is considering if this is great as Nachmanovitc or something like that. May 06, Tine! Mar 06, Rfee rated it really liked it. As I was falling in love, this excerpt resonated deeply with me: Of course, for me in my life, it is the only thing that I can practise.

The book has taught me to turn discipline and learning into an adventure and in fact helped me become a better chef and hostess by preparing and the being playful. I’ve read it four times at different points in my life and each time I find something new and awesome. And I did get there Mar 02, Beth Bacon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 25, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Blake was an entry point, for me, into being an artist rather than talking about art.