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Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a deck of 7×9 cm printed cards in a black container box. Created by Brian Eno and. Oblique strategies: Over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas [Brian Eno] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fifth edition “Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences,” ambient music pioneer Brian Eno wrote in.

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Five facts and things The blurb accompanying the edition says: Oblique Strategies is most associated with bands Eno famously produced during his mid to lates creative highpoint, including Talking HeadsBerlin trilogy-era Bowie and Devo. The original Oblique Strategies Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmaswas a set of cards created by Eno and his painter friend Peter Schmidtand published as a signed limited edition in Click here to cancel reply.

InPeter Schmidt created “The Thoughts Behind the Thoughts”, [4] a box containing 55 sentences letterpress printed onto disused prints that accumulated in his studio, which is still in the possession of Eno. Show 25 25 50 All.

Back then, writes Dangerous Minds’ Martin Schneiderthe concept for Eno and Schmidt’s “set of cards with elliptical imperatives designed to spark in the user creative connections unobtainable through regular modes of work” emerged as a form of straategies intervention with roots in Eastern philosophy. With public interest in the cards undiminished, in Eno once again produced a new set of Oblique Strategies cards. There was a significant overlap between the two projects, and so, in lateSchmidt and Eno combined them into a single pack of cards and offered them for general sale.

The most famous of Brian Eno’s dadaist mind games with music production. But it seems that the very first set of Oblique Strategies, featured in Schneider’s post, is unavailable at any price. Views Read Edit View history. Processing programming language version. No conclusive evidence has surfaced its existence [17]. Sixteen years later software pioneer Peter Norton convinced Eno to let him create a fourth edition as Christmas gifts for his friends not for sale, although they occasionally come up at auction.


Loading comments… Trouble loading? U2 didn’t use them, but the Edge applied the cards’ rationale of “seeing limitations as some kind of a strength and a governing influence over what you do” to their work with Eno.

Retrieved 5 January We didn’t want pretty. Try getting your heads around these: Possible Musics Dream Theory in Malaya: Open-source plugin by David Wicks [26] for the Processing creative coding environment. References to Oblique Stratrgies exist in popular culture, notably in the film Slacker[6] in which a character offers passers-by cards from a deck.

Poetry Free Audio Books: Eno, who had known Schmidt since the late s, had been pursuing a similar project himself which he had handwritten onto a number of bamboo cards and given the name “Oblique Strategies” in And when my students get a mental block, I immediately direct them to that wall. Other musicians inspired by Oblique Strategies include the British band Coldplaysaid to have used the cards when recording their Brian Eno -produced obliqje Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and French band Phoenixwho used the cards when recording their album Straegies Amadeus Phoenix.

Where do they come from? Reproduces the cards typography and design [27]. They can be used as a pack, or by drawing a single card from the shuffled pack when a dilemma briann in a working situation. Archive All posts by date.

Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. Someday World High Life. Eno, of course, is an installation artist, diarist, musician, record producer, lecturer, voracious reader stategies founding member of Roxy Music. Leave a Reply Name required Email required Message.

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Low “Heroes” Lodger Outside. Well, it’s not going to be anything by Coldplay did Eno invent a deck just sttrategies them with instructions like “Make everything more pretty” or “Be a bit sad”? No New York Q: In this case the card is trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear To support Open Culture’s continued operation, please consider making a donation.


A few are specific to music composition; others are more general.

Oblique Strategies: life solutions by Brian Eno

They were used again on Bowie’s album Outsidewhich Eno was involved with as a writer, producer and musician. In a limited 6th edition of numbered sets were available but quickly sold out. Music for Onmyo-Ji Drawn from Life. The Pavilion of Dreams Ambient 2: You can now do that digitally, of course, but Oblique Strategies remains an essentially physical experience, one whose shuffling and drawing reminds the user that they’re drawing from the well of chance for a way to break them through a creative impasse or just rethink part of a project.

A limited edition in a burgundy case [22]. We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. For a while, a small cult of Eno followers started up their own internet-based Acute Strategies system, where anyone could submit their own strategies, providing they followed lots of geeky rules about avoiding jargon and inside jokes and urging a familiarity with the I Ching and other oracular sources.

Each card contains a gnomic suggestion or remark which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation. Each card contains a phrase or cryptic epigram which can supposedly be used to break some existential deadlock.

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By Cetacean Enterprises [23] for Mac software [24]. He also happens to be the co-creator along eeno artist Peter Schmidt of Oblique Strategiesa set of cards first he first published in Eno’s decision to revisit the cards and his collaboration with Norton in revising them is described in detail in his book A Year with Swollen Appendices.