How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #8

Take a look a the artwork masterpieces of Jackson Pollock. Simple, yet visionary and revolutionary. And most of what he did was drip, splatter, and throw paint randomly on a canvas.

With a piece of sheet music, and paint brush, and some paint – do something similar to the art of Jackson Pollock. Be random with how you splatter the paint across the sheet music. Let it drip random drops.

After it dries, interpret you new score. What lines of contour do you see? What noteheads on the staves are there? Is there a rhythm and flow to it?

Musical inspiration can come from anywhere, including art.


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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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