Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies
Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt

The intended objective of Oblique Strategies is to help artists, particularly musicians, break creative blocks. The original version created by Peter Schmidt, consisted of 55 7x9 cm cards held in a wooden box. Over the years different editions were released consisting of different quantities of cards and different aphorisms.  From my research, it seems that the rules for this game are quite lackadaisical. When a problem or dilemma occurs, a card is chosen or randomly selected from the shuffled deck. The card had a printed phrase or cryptic remark which was used to break the dilemma.

Some examples:
  • Use an old idea.
  • State the problem in words as clearly as possible.
  • Only one element of each kind.
  • What would your closest friend do?
  • What to increase? What to reduce?
  • Are there sections? Consider transitions.
  • Try faking it!
  • Honour thy error as a hidden intention.
  • Ask your body.
  • Work at a different speed.


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