Music is Hard 3: Creativity

This week:
Creativity. What does creativity even mean? When do you feel the most creative? How do you maintain that creativity? How do performers create?

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  • Do performers think what they do is less creative than what composers do?

    • As I said in the show, I hesitate to rank creativity.

      It is certainly a different type of creativity — derivative creativity, if you will.

  • I’m not sure if it’s less creative or just a different kind of creative, but I think it’s a bit silly to say that they’re the same. I’m sure Tim has an opinion. I’ve never known him not to.

  • Matt Devendorf

    ***An individual’s thoughts on subjects that he has no experience (or business) discussing.*** (i.e. just let the grownups talk, ok?)

    The first individual has to create an environment. The second individual has to interpret, shape and communicate this environment to others.

    Individual One (we’ll call him Murdoc):
    Allowed to use anything created, or uncreated, to accomplish the goal. Murdoc has free reign to invent, innovate and improve upon current knowledge as well as relatively unlimited time to create the environment.

    Individual Two (we’ll call him MacGyver)
    Allowed to use anything provided to him by Murdoc and any of his own knowledge to interpret and convey this environment.

    So, which has to be more creative? I think there may be more than just the defined roles of composer and performer.

    I don’t think the question is whether Murdoc or MacGyver are more creative based on their roles. I believe it depends heavily on what the composer or performer does with what is provided to them.

    A composer could write something incredibly familiar and lacking in vision, complexity and character. This does not necessarily mean that the performer’s fate is sealed. A gifted performer may be able to come up with a way of communicating the composition in a completely unique and creative way.

    The reverse is also true.

    Even the most innovative and imaginative composition can be performed without vision, complexity or character.

    Of course, these are extremes, but infinite shades of gray exist.