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As I sat reading an article on John Williams this morning...I recognized my daily go-to pencil in his hand in this photo:     Ladies and gentlemen:   I’m not exactly sure

I just found another photography of JW, reviewing one of Zimmer's scores:  

2 hours ago, Blumenkohl said:

Can we stop talking about spambots and resume discussing what John might eat for breakfast so that we may also become great people?

 

But next to trees, his embrace of the Singularity is one of the most driving factors behind his music! What else could explain our assimilation into drones programmed to follow every aspect of his work and life? Reading Thor's posts never gave you reason to ask some questions? 

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5 hours ago, Stefancos said:

Should members reveal their gender you think? Does it matter?

Imagine people randomly showing happiness that you are around + a multifold increase in number, eloquence and resourcefulness of answers whenever you post anything on any topic.

 

Ok, maybe it wouldn't be that relevant at your level of presence and  veterancy on the forum.

But to anyone else? Or to a past you? 

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We haven’t! Not in a decade. We are a foul, mucilaginous emulsion of stagnant words, impure thoughts, and fervent, cultish religiosity wrapped in a shroud of inside jokes. The only change that graces us is rot!

 

Now get the fuck back on topic before I report you all to our do-nothing moderation team!

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I can’t believe I didn’t think to rant about this in my original post. 
 

Philosophical point that emerges from this pencil: I’ve debated endlessly with the likes of @Marcus and other composers on this forum about the writing process. 
 

There is an incessant rumor or perhaps wishful thinking propagated by movies like Amadeus that great composers see all the notes in their head, sit down and write it down and produce a masterpiece. 
 

Whereas I can tell you the main reason you’d actually use these pencils that John Williams uses is to take advantage of the massive twistable and replaceable erasers that take up the top half of the pencil. 
 

That’s exactly why I prefer them to fancier and nicer pencils: I erase a lot and these are great for that. 
 

Now why would a composer who sees his perfect masterpiece in his head need a pencil with a giant eraser?

 

The answer of course is that 90% of a creative endeavor is in editing, exploring, and maturing your original ideas. 

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On 12/16/2019 at 10:57 AM, Blumenkohl said:

The answer of course is that 90% of a creative endeavor is in editing, exploring, and maturing your original ideas. 

 

It's something I think about and experience a lot, and many scholars would agree with this point, defining genius as the ability to continually refine and sharpen initial ideas--which oftentimes are mediocre and awkward--into a honed piece of work, like a sword being forged from iron.

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I have had StuffPad for 4 years, Surface 3, it is cool. Now its coming for iPad, must be five times more expensive... 🤔🤔🤭🤭🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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