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"Also want to draw you attention to The Oblique Strategies card set, the fifth, again slightly revised edition of Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt's famous card dilemas - originally produced in 1975 - over a hundred cards evolved from seperate observations of the principles underlying what the artists were doing - use as a pack (a set of possibilities, continuously reviewed in the mind) or individually, drawing a single card from a shuffled pack when a dilema occurs - a limited edition at £29.99. I think we are the only shop in the UK selling these and we are told copies of the original set sell for as much as £4000.00 on Ebay."

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

After five seconds of soul searching, I ordered my copy from Rough Trade.

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Hippies.

Tom, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

(NB I am joking a bit)

Tom, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Explain yourself. I've never heard Eno described as a hippy before. Oblique Strategies was done for larfs, and a jolly good way of getting the creative juices flowing in an unexpected direction. There's no abstract mysticism involved here. Okay, so "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" was taken from the title of Amos Tutuola's novel about a spirit journey, but it's not like they actually bothered to read it.

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

coo that is so odd. i am currently reading the new Talking Heads biography (which is mostly BOLLOCKS by the way) and i didn't think i'd see "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" mentioned again in the next few years! spooky. the cards do sound interesting though. are they art? *ducks and runs away, very fast*

katie, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think OS are probably quite interesting but if they were done for a larf to get the creative juices flowing then surely the message is "MAKE YOUR OWN SET" not "Wait for Eno to reissue them that you may sit at the feet of the master" - so maybe it's the purchasers I'm calling hippies for their embrace of this guru-concept. More generally, OS seem to me to take a key trope of Eastern mysticism (the koan) and redeploy it in secular fashion. So 'hippie-influenced' might be nearer the mark. OS are revered among art-rockers in a way that Yoko Ono's instructional artworks aren't, though both seem to me to be doing similar things (who here would shell out €€€€ for an edition of 'GRAPEFRUIT'?)

Tom, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Hehehe. I just see someone like Kevin Shields sitting cross-legged in the middle of his purpose built studio, constructing his own set of Oblique Strategies cards out of glue and cardboard. Perhaps this accounts for the delay with MbV's difficult follow-up album......

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"More generally, OS seem to me to take a key trope of Eastern mysticism (the koan) and redeploy it in secular fashion."

Absolute bunkum. In what way precisely does a strategy like "Play your instruments left-handed" constitute a koan? Or even, for that matter, "Honour thy mistakes for their hidden intentions?"

Sounds pretty self-explanatory to me. The latter is an especially useful one in a song-writing context - by giving a mistake made in playing credence, it can add an unexpected twist to a particular progression.

Eno and Schmidtt devised Oblique Strategies to save time in the studio, as a method of bypassing a creative impasse, especially useful when studio bills start mounting up. So you see, OS was a practical solution to a practical problem. I don't see how Eastern mysticism enters into it at all.

As an aside, I think if Oblique Strategies had been devised in a non- rock setting then no-one would have batted an eyelid.

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"Go and do the washing up".

Andrew L, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"Honour thy mistakes..." is exactly the kind of thing I'm thinking of, but yeah, probably koan was the wrong word. Chicken Soup For The Musician's Soul, perhaps?

Tom, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

That's more like it.

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"are they art? *ducks and runs away, very fast*"

Well I reckon you're out of firing range by now, so I'll have to content myself with saying...

OS aren't art per se, they're a conduit for art.

Trevor, Monday, 17 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

seventeen years pass...

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