Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Stephen Nachmanovitch’s book, Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts delves into these questions. Nachmanovitch is an. 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.

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I remember staying up late into the night underlining passages that felt like a clear expression of a worldview I had never considered.

Free Play is a great introduction to what improvisation is and how it can work. Apr 09, Marydanielle rated it it was amazing.

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The great lovers, the great world reformers and peacemakers, are those who have passed beyond their individual ego demands and are able to hear the cries of the world. Retrieved from ” https: Eliot technique temenos theater thing thought tion totally tune unconscious violin voice whole William Blake writing. It also means love. But this was not the main thing that bothered me. The Power of Mistakes. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It is mostly about music and I am a painter, but it still managed to become the most influential book on the manner I establish project goals and strategy in my work.


Jan 21, Jesse rated it did not like it. Sep 17, Gwen rated it really liked nachmanoitch.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

All that said, I still think it was a worthwhile read for what was there regarding improvisation. Learn how your comment data is processed. Another thing I found really interesting is that he stresses the importance of allowing your internal muse and internal editor to run parallel to each other.

I can’t be reminded of it enough. This is about creativity and improvisation in general.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch

I’ve read it four times at different points in my life and each time I find something new and awesome. Then I was like ‘oh, was that what you meant, couldn’t you just have said so!

Musicians and non-musicians alike will find his book meaningful, nacjmanovitch and thought provoking. Jan 12, Luisa Asiul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 06, Malcolm rated it really liked it.

Our body-mind is a highly organized and structured affair, interconnected as only a natural organism can be that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years. Sometimes working on a long project, the task just seems monstrous–like trying to build a gothic cathedral all by yourself.

Mar 25, Jon rated it it was amazing. Penguin- Religion – pages. Man, you can say that about Free Play: Nachmanovitch also highlights the common threads which run through music, dance, visual art, literature and religious traditions. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. According to Stephen Nachmanovitch, free play is more than improvisation.


Some parts of the book were too filled with spiritual flummery for my taste, and I didn’t like that some is written like if it were the objective truth, even though it’s the writer’s opinion, theories and own experiences. Many of the chapters seemed incomplete.

An improviser does not operate from a formless vacuum, but from three billion years of organic evolution; all that we were is encoded somewhere in us. I didn’t know where it was going.

What is more, it is full of pretty sensible advice about ways to deal with diversions, distractions and barriers to creative work — be it music, visual or plastic art, sport, writing, dance or pretty much anything else where we need to allow ourselves to be absorbed. Nov 22, Anna Granberg rated it really liked it. All he had to do was instead write, “In my opinion, Beethoven’s worst piece was I only got half-way through this before returning it to the library.

It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: