Links From Processing Creativity
Nancy C. Andreassen study on depression in creators
Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks talks about working with Rick Rubin
Dr. Luke admits he can’t tell a hit
The advent of a hook appearing in a pop song within seven seconds in pop songs.
An episode of the podcast Song Exploder, where producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX) talks about developing a Carly Rae Jepsen song.
Bret Easton Ellis post-Empire world essay.
James Alex of Beach Slang podcast
Bonnie McKee, on writing for Katy Perry
5 Seconds Of Summer took Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” vocal melody and put new words to it
Record producer turned neuroscientist Daniel Levitin did a study that showed our brains respond to a sweet spot of musical familiarity and complexity
Brian Eno quote
Great Songs playlist
Coldplay exposed their list on an episode of 60 Minutes
Greg Wells has said
Nile Rodgers memorial to Bowie
Paul McCartney would later say
While internet memes will mock this
Before 1975 there were plenty of lone wolf inventors who made great strides innovating scientific breakthroughs, but now that we've discovered most of the low hanging fruit of innovation, we need contributors who are experts in multiple disciplines to make innovative creations.
The group Spoon says after singer Britt Daniel makes a demo, they'll think about what filter they can apply to the idea
Rick Rubin says Eminem often finds his cadences from rhythms already in the song
David Bowie would write chords on a chalkboard
The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind
Graham Wallas’ The Art of Thought
University of California research
Steve Jobs’ thought on creativity
Notorious B.I.G. didn't show up to that bodega in Bed-Stuy and freestyle
Rivers Cuomo of Weezer uses spreadsheets to keep track of riffs
David Allen’s life-changing book Getting Things Done
Atul Gawande The Checklist Manifesto
My podcast Off The Record
Rick Rubin puts together albums this way
Derek Sivers has a saying
Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott
Radiohead waited for 21 years before putting "True Love Waits" on a record
Porter Robinson took three hundred hours to make "Years Of War."
BJ Novak, an actor and writer on the show The Office (US), talks about how the show would employ a "blue sky" period
An interview I did with Ezra Kire of Morning Glory
Anyone who’s seen the documentaries of Bruce Springsteen
The Rolling Stones made Sympathy For The Devil, a movie directed by the amazing Jon Luc Godard
Teresa Amabile did a study on deadlines
The story goes that the first Beastie Boys record took two years to make.
Their inner Axl Rose will take nearly a decade to finish a record.
Dave Sardy, who has made many amazing records with bands like LCD Soundsystem, Slayer and Death From Above 1979, says this about the need to follow a single vision.
Brian Uzzi, a sociologist at Northwestern, extensively studied the teams that made the best musicals.
Teresa Amabile did a study that examined how reward affects creativity.
Author Isaac Asimov was asked to write a paper on creativity for DARPA.
Studies have found that creativity tends to diminish when a project is done only for gain.
John Cleese of the great comedy troupe Monty Python also agrees, stating
Cal Newport’s Deep Work
Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University
Finance blogger Ramit Sethi
This sentiment has been echoed by countless artists including Grimes.
On my podcast
Ira Glass of This American Life has great advice for you.
The attitude author Stephen King took towards failure.
Joan Jett famously got rejected by 23 different major labels
An hour later, the most important review I was waiting on
Hal Gregersen, a professor at INSEAD Business School, says
I have a startup business
Julia Campbell's The Artist’s Way
Jonathan Franzen’s early days were spent
My friend Ross Robinson
Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habit
Just like alcohol, Leiden University studies show that light use can help create new ideas, but too much marijuana use is detrimental to creativity.
Onnit’s Alpha Brain
Lars Von Trier famously told Politiken
Artist David Choe has said "comfort kills creativity"
The book Drunk Tank Pink
In Deep Work
Psychologist Joydeep Bhattacharya says
Steven Berlin Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From
Quentin Tarantino says
Weiner's book, The Geography Of Genius
The service Hit Predictor