David Bowie – The Inspiration of a Creative Mind

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David Bowie’s ‘cut-up’ method of writing lyrics.

David Bowie will be remembered for his music, being a singer, a songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, actor. For me, it was his dedication to creating art and for being avant-garde artist who has already impacted several generations and created new genres of fashion, music, and culture. Bowie almost single-handedly created the category of “art rock” with his application of avant-garde techniques to conventional song structures and rock ‘n’ roll attitudes.

I remember seeing an inspiring video clip of David Bowie describing how he used the “cut-up” technique to write some of his lyrics. I have hunted around and, although I didn’t find the one I was looking for, I found another and I am very happy to share it with you all. (link below).

wikipedia: “The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.”   

Bowie further explained his use of cut-ups like this: “You write down a paragraph or two describing different subjects, creating a kind of ‘story ingredients’ list, I suppose, and then cut the sentences into four or five-word sections, mix ‘em up and reconnect them.” The technique allows songwriters, he says, to “get some pretty interesting idea combinations,” even if they “have a craven need not to lose control.”

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  • I have a shoe box full of cuttings.
    • It could be a part of a newspaper, magazine, diary, poetry, short story, novel or any other source of text.
    • You can start your shoebox today. I promise you won’t regret it. in a few months you will open it and go back into a daydream that will bring you to a very happy place. Add to it whenever you get something interesting to add.
  • When you are ready to make a collage, open the shoebox and put all the pieces into a hat and draw them out at random.
  • Arrange the images together and see what message they are giving.
  • Glue them to the page

 

 

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14 thoughts on “David Bowie – The Inspiration of a Creative Mind

  1. What a treasure your post is for me. I love finding new ideas…new ways to creating. Thank you so much for this great post. I will definitely be trying the technique…will probably blog about…and if you don’t mind will link back to you as the origin of the idea for me. Thanks!

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  2. Wow! Magny this is such a great post! David Bowie had a wonderful creative mind in many ways he was someone out of this world and left a trace with his creativity! His Avant-garde style was just unique like his spirit! I love the cut-out idea and like you I used to cut-out things I love. Your post explain greately this technique and it can be used in many different ways. Very inspiring Btw I love the photo of David Bowie blended with the flowers that digital portrait it is something I would made 😉 ❤

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  3. Thank you for following my blog–I see that I was already following yours. You do those wonderful sketch journals. How do you manage to do watercolors on the hoof? I’ve kept journals since I was 18 (that would be 57 years!), and I doodle and sketch in mine, but nothing like yours.

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    1. Great question – I’m planning do do a blog on this soon.
      I have a small water color kit that sits by the door so that I can grab it as i go out. It consists of a a small water colour box, a little jar with some water and one or two brushes. An old spice jar is the right size and is strong, but check that it is waterproof. You can get brushes with a hollow handle that you fill with water, just squeeze to get the water into the brush, or bring a small jar of water.

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