All the masters – the power of collation

I have a great book called “1001 albums you must hear before you die“. The pages guide you through pop music and cherrypicked albums from the 1950’s onwards.Collation is an art form in itself, and this is the best example I have to show. Poring over the pictures and reviews brings out the nostalgia in spades.

The era of the album is all but over but here is a record of how great it was.

These were the masters, and their masterpieces. If you are an aspiring musician looking to learn your trade and tradition, you might want to start here. The same applies to all good work of course. Who were the masters, and what exactly did they do so well?



Owning a masterpiece

It’s in every art collector’s dreams to own a piece of history. It defines a gallery to show off a master’s work. It is considered a massive show of generosity to lend one out as has recently happened with a Monet picture (link) …But…

But far more interesting is trying to create your own masterpiece. Clearly we can’t all be Monet or start a movement like the impressionists did. However, we can refine our skills and take the necessary care over a piece of art to call ourselves its master. Some questions to consider in creating your own masterpiece:

  • How much do you know about the history of what you are creating? What came before the piece you are working on? Influences? Track record?
  • Why are you making what you make? For profit? For Community? For Impact? Surprise? Delight? Efficiency?
  • Where’s the risk in your work? Was it guaranteed to work or could it have failed?

Chimpwithcans’ manifesto

It struck me yesterday that I have not committed to this blog fully.

Those of you who have followed the blog for a while will know that I get spurts of energy to post on all sorts of topics, and then I have dormant periods. This is despite my very best intentions to blog each and every day consistently. I have struggled to take ownership of the blog and one of the biggest reasons for that is that I have no structure around my blogging other than a vague desire to blog.

So now I present a manifesto – a statement of purpose and of themes for the blog. I hope you like it and I hope it helps me to blog more often.

If you look at the tagline on the blog’s home page (under the monkey) you will see I have changed it. This blog will have three major themes running in the back of my head like three cylinders driving the engine to unify my work; Masterpieces, Effectiveness, and Truth. Here’s a rundown of why:

  • Masterpieces: Because this is where the magic happens and this is what ignites an idea in our head. To strive to create a masterpiece, to recognise a masterpiece and to understand exactly what a masterpiece entails can only lead to better art.
  • Effectiveness: Because these days there is an overflow of information, distraction and negativity which can stifle the very best artistic intentions. Hacking our way through these difficulties to become effective is one of the big challenges of our information age.
  • Truth: Because this has seemingly become market related much like a stock price. If one story is more popular than another, then it can claim truth despite despite the facts. Defining, recognizing and appreciating truth is vital to me.