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Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms.

Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice.

The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

About the Author

Stephen Nachmanovitch is a musician, author, computer artist, and educator. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity

Table of Contents

Free Play Prologue: A New Flute

Introduction

The Sources

Inspiration and Time's Flow

The Vehicle

The Stream

The Muse

Mind at Play

Disappearing

The Work

Sex and Violins Practice

The Power of Limits

The Power of Mistakes

Playing Together

Form Unfolding

Obstacles and Openings

Childhood's End

Vicious Circles

The Judging Spectre

Surrender

Patience

Ripening

The Fruits

Eros and Creation

Quality

Art for Life's Sake

Heartbreakthrough

Notes

Bibliography

Illustrations

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Jeffrey, August 15, 2006 (view all comments by Jeffrey)
This is the Mother of all improv/creativity books. I have underlined and transferred so many passages of it to my personal collection of quotations that I might as well just copy the whole book. The author is both engaging and informative in discussing the mysteries of creation, imagination, improvisation, and intuition in art and life. A life-changer. Run, don?t walk to get your copy.

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Many musicians are fabulously skilled at playing the black dots on the printed page, but mystified by how the dots got there in the first place and apprehensive of playing without dots. Music theory does not help here; it teaches rules of the grammar, but not what to say. When people as me how to improvise, only a little of what I can say is about music. The real story is about spontaneous expression, and it is therefore a spiritual and a psychological story rather than a story about technique of one art form or another.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780874776317
Author:
Nachmanovitch, Stephen
Publisher:
Tarcher
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Personal & Practical Guides
Subject:
Creation
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
Creation (literary, artistic, etc.)
Subject:
Improvisation (music)
Subject:
Improvisation.
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
19910531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.10x5.16x.60 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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