Category: Creativity

  • Learning curves: on being bad at things

    Learning curves: on  being bad at things

    It’s been interesting to see the ways in which musicians and other artists have been coping with the present situation – one which is, as we are constantly reminded, unprecedented. I know several who launched energetically into diversification almost as soon as the first lockdown was pronounced, pivoting as much of their activity as they […]

  • Will ‘design thinking’ save classical music?

    Will ‘design thinking’ save classical music?

    I recently happened on an online webinar series hosted by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), entitled ‘Introduction to Design Thinking for Musicians‘. Now, this is sort of thing is perfect clickbait for me. ‘Design Thinking’ sounds like a cool piece of Silicon Valley tech-speak – and we can use it as musicians? Sign me […]

  • Stop making the economic case for the arts

    Stop making the economic case for the arts

    Arts funding is in the news again. The government’s announcement of a Culture Recovery Fund has prompted a round of online discussion of the place of the taxpayer in subsidising culture. It’s not hard to imagine that a feeding frenzy will soon be upon us, with arts organisations and venues gearing up to compete for […]

  • Creative portfolios: diversifying against risk

    Creative portfolios: diversifying against risk

    I recently made my first, tentative foray into the stock market. I know very little about stocks and shares, but what I have managed to glean so far is this: diversification helps inoculate against risk. Diversifying your holdings, by spreading them out across multiple kinds of investment or country or genre or ‘asset class’, means […]

  • Making a ‘Virtual Choir’ video with free* software: Part 3 – Video

    Making a ‘Virtual Choir’ video with free* software: Part 3 – Video

    In this three-part series of posts, I’ll take you through why and how to make one of those charming multi-screen, multi-track musical videos, based on my own experiences. I’ve used software that’s freely available online [though see update below!], and I’m very much coming at this from the perspective of an amateur video editor, in […]

  • Making a ‘Virtual Choir’ video with free* software: Part 2 – Audio

    Making a ‘Virtual Choir’ video with free* software: Part 2 – Audio

    In this three-part series of posts, I’ll take you through why and how to make one of those charming multi-screen, multi-track musical videos, based on my own experiences. I’ve used software that’s freely available online [though see update below!], and I’m very much coming at this from the perspective of an amateur video editor, in […]

  • Making a ‘Virtual Choir’ video with free* software: Part 1 – Why

    Making a ‘Virtual Choir’ video with free* software: Part 1 – Why

    In this three-part series of posts, I’ll take you through why and how to make one of those charming multi-screen, multi-track musical videos, based on my own experiences. I’ve used software that’s freely available online [though see note below!], and I’m very much coming at this from the perspective of an amateur video editor, in […]