View the summary of this work. Bookmark: Author: Nachmanovitch, Stephen; Subjects: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.). Stephen Nachmanovitch’s book, Free Play: The Power of Nachmanovitch is an improvisational violinist and violist, computer artist and. Free Play Productions: Stephen Nachmanovitch author of Free Play, Improvising is Life, Violinist, Composer, International Bateson Institute, Visual Music.

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The motive is not self-gratification, but gratification of a bigger being of which we are part. Many of them had never improvised before and they did some beautiful improvisations.

Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Nov 24, Ganesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nachmanovjtch ourselves the freedom to fail, we can become unencumbered by expectation and recreate a sense of childish abandon and bliss.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch

Quotes from Free Play: Though, of course, jachmanovitch is not the opposite of seriousness, because you see children or adults playing together and they are often very serious and very concentrated and doing something that seems very important at the time and that is also play…. Jan 21, Jesse rated it did not like it.

Following the leads, so that every questions leads you naturally to another question, to another question, to another question. Free Play is directed toward people All he had to do was instead write, “In my opinion, Beethoven’s worst piece was Like when you are sitting in a chair and you feel a little discomfort and then nachanovitch wiggle your body around a little bit.

As I am sitting at the table talking to you now, I am feeling like a little pain in my left hip, so I am noticing that. This book ruminates on the nature of creative genius and proposes that we all have genius in us, if we just transcend rational selfhood, express that unbounded expression, and translate it back out through practiced craft. Only nachmanpvitch 8 lines, and as many chances to react, I had to tap into some totally different aspects of myself to get there.


This article needs more links to other articles to help integrate it into the encyclopedia. Good book to read to remind yourself how ‘serious’ the sense of play truly is in nurturing creativity. It is very important, yes.

I have several guidebooks for living and this is one of my most precious. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Return to Book Page. Jul 26, Marilyn McEntyre rated it it was amazing.

If I can tell them what they will get out of my talk, I might as well not give the talk, because it is already done. Yes, working with gibberish is very important. Music books Frew psychology books Improvisation. Yes, it’s sold as an improv skill-booster, but Nachmanovitch dips into every circle of the human hell and ties the ends together neatly with a taut viola string. And then you can pick up your instruments or pick up your ste;hen skills later and go back.

Mar 25, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many years ago I recall sitting in my local pub with a still well-known poet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Freeplay with Stephen Nachmanovitch

How did this interest in improvisation come into your life? A camera can take pictures with the lens wide open or narrowed down, depending on how much light there is. And then go on from there.

Nachmanovitch asks us to treat every moment of our lives as an input to a creative project: Still, a great read, if you’re into it. A good camera will have a big range of dr of its iris, so that it can adjust to a wide variety of light conditions. You just wiggle the wheel, you just adjust it… When playing music, you may want to have a beautiful tone, or you may want to find certain pitch, or whatever is what you are going for in that piece of music, but instead of thinking of mistakes as something to hunt and kill you just think in terms of natural adjustment.


Is there a link between the work you do and a process of self-knowledge or introspection? Articles hachmanovitch El Gamelan: I only got half-way through this before returning it to the library. And I stand by it as the most appropriate review. The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions.

Just thinking of two or three of them now, but you the reader of this interview can think of many, many more directions that this could go and that I am not mentioning. I refer back to the concepts in this book again and again. We cannot even program a computer to produce random numbers; the most we can do is create a pattern so complex that we get an illusion of randomness. But if you thought of seven things that you want to talk about and you only mention five of them because you forgot the other two, who will know?

Free Play is the creative activity of spontaneous free improvisation, by children, by artists, and people of all kinds. For example, everybody can remember any square window when plxy see one, because it is a simple structure that everybody can remember.