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Stephen Nachmanovitch Quotes



Quotes by Stephen Nachmanovitch - (17 quotes)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Creativity category:

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Expression category:

- Free Play: Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art...
When people ask 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 the technique of one art form or another. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Form category:

If form is mechanically applied, it may indeed result in work that is conventional, if not pedantic or stupid. But form used well can become the very vehicle of freedom, of discovering the creative surprises that liberate mind-at-play. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Improvisation category:

In improvisation, there is only one time. This is what computer people call real time. The time of inspiration, the time of technically structuring and realizing... the time of playing it, and the time of communicating with the audience, are all one. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Intuition category:

Memory and intention (which postulate past and future) and intuition (which indicates the eternal present) are fused. The iron is always hot. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Limitations category:

Working within the limits of the medium forces us to change our own limits. Improvisation is not breaking with forms and limitations just to be 'free,' but using them as the very means of transcending ourselves. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Movement category:

We can depend on the world being a perpetual surprise in perpetual motion. And a perpetual invitation to create. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Muse category:

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Music category:

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. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Play category:

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Play category:

The beauty of playing together is meeting in the One. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Rewards category:

The professionalism of technique and flash of dexterity are more comfortable to be around than raw creative power, hence our society generally rewards virtuoso performers more highly than it rewards original creators. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Rules category:

Commitment to a set of rules (a game) frees your play to attain a profundity and vigor otherwise impossible. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Searching category:

Creativity exists more in the searching than in the finding. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Skill category:

You can't express inspiration without skill. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Spontaneity category:

Structure ignites spontaneity. Limits yield intensity. When we play... by our self-chosen rules, we find that containment of strength amplifies strength. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Stephen Nachmanovitch - From the Standards category:

Spiritual and emotional content are not to easy to evaluate. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)