Creatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller by Mason Currey. But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities. Her book contains some fascinating and funny habits. Thom Yorke prepares for live concerts with a headstand ritual NASA engineers eat peanuts … Continue reading Famous artists and their recipes for good luck
In addition to being one of the greatest GIFs of all time, this fan-created GIF also helped launch Brainfeeder’s film division. And then there’s the fact that two music geniuses were born on the same day, October 7. Happy birthday to Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke!
Whether you pronounce GIF with a soft or hard “G,” GIF can be described as a type of format, just like the Jpeg or MP3. With the likes of Apple’s Live feature, Instagram’s Boomerang and Google’s Motion Stills app, making GIFs is easier than ever, turning them into into their own respectable, artful medium. Giphy is the … Continue reading Loop Dreams via Giphy
Tilman Robinson is a experimental electronic producer from Melbourne, Australia. However, he ventured to Reykjavik, Iceland to record the contemplative cut ‘Where We Began’ for his new album, Deer Heart. The cinematic composition ‘Yours, Deer Heart,’ is also an emotionally driven roller-coaster. Thom Yorke, grab a mic.
The greatest DJ of all time John Peel played his music before ‘breakcore’ existed as a recognized genre. Thom Yorke of Radiohead once called his music ‘menacing.’ He opened for Radiohead in 2001. Christoph de Babalon AKA Jan-Christoph Wolter is an electronic music producer from Hamburg, Germany. His discography is exhaustive, but he hasn’t always … Continue reading Christoph de Babalon – Could We Be?
Mark Ernestus is a German rhythm and dub sound producer, known for his work as Basic channel and more recently, The Rhythm and Sound’s ‘See Mi Yah.’ He also opened the reknown Hard Wax record store in Berlin in 1989 to celebrate dub and reggae imports. On the Yermande EP, Ernestus takes his goal of … Continue reading Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)
Smart people are unhappy because they overthink and over-analyze everything. Smart people are unhappy because they toggle between sides, rising above sidedness altogether. Managing paradoxes is stressful and time-consuming. Smart people are unhappy because they seek meaning everywhere. They think Thom Yorke writes lyrics just for them. Smart people are unhappy because they care too … Continue reading Too Smart For Their Own Good
Some newness from the Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
“Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no[t] get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.” Back to downloads, copies. It’s the only way to respectfully pay for music. Or this: iTunes Radio is also going to help drive incremental download sales, which is of course, as Apple tries … Continue reading Thom Yorke pulls albums from Spotify
Inspiration is not a prerequisite for creativity. In fact, it confounds what making things is all about—a dedication to the craft. If you only work when you’re inspired, you’ll get nothing done. Inspiration doesn’t strike all day, nor should you have to build it up to get started. Do the work Inspiration can be a … Continue reading Start before you’re ready
My favorite Yorkisms, complex and simplified: All walls are great if the roof doesn’t fall. I’ll go to the bookshop in town, grab three or four books of poetry, sit in the coffee shop, and read those for a while. It’s like loosening up your muscles before a workout. Getting everything you want has nothing to do with … Continue reading Thom Yorke: What I’ve Learned
Some of my favorite quotes: Tortured often seems the only way to do things early on, but that in itself becomes tired. Just being looser in your thinking allows you to avoid fixed ideas. Thom Yorke also surfs.
Writer’s block is a fallacy, according to Seth Godin. You just write bad sentences and bad ideas until you something good to play with. After all, whoever got talker’s block? Seth’s thoughts on social media are also thought-provoking and to the point. If you listen to his latest interview with Brian Koppelman, you’ll hear Seth … Continue reading Why Seth Godin opts out of social media
“When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” – Oscar Wilde (via Thom Yorke)”
“I mean what’s weird about putting a record out now […] it’s just the fact of volume, literally the shear volume of stuff that gets put out. It’s like this huge frickin’ waterfall and you’re just throwing your pebble in and it carries on down the waterfall and that’s that. Right, okay, next.” — Thom … Continue reading