I had to chuckle out loud (not LOL, but COL, I guess) when I saw Oblique Strategies listed among the free apps in the Itunes App store this morning. Oblique Strategies, if you’re not aware, is a set of cards Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt came up with to help creative people get out of a rut, and Eno’s been employing them for the past 30 years or so with everyone he works with. If you scoff, think about the very first Strategy, which was “Honor thy error as a hidden intention,” and how, if you were a musician, stuck beating your head against a particularly difficult piece of music, that could help you turn the music another direction by using the mistake in your favor. Seems obvious now that I say it, but people need help thinking like that, even creative people like musicians.
Anyway, as an Eno fan, I had to install the App on my Iphone. Now I can have Eno helping me get through my creative ruts just like Talking Heads, U2, James, Coldplay, and many others. I’m sure people will recognize the change immediately.