engaging the abstract

Posted on March 25 2016

“the arts are the cognitive base for thinking in abstraction” –michael thaut

creativity is our greatest tool for solving problems. but while inspiration is everywhere, thinking outside the box takes practice. sometimes all it takes to start a project is a good playlist. it’s no secret that some of the greatest projects were influenced by music. steve job’s likened the beatles’ creative process to apple’s own, sarah blakely listens to eminem’s “lose yourself” before pitching ideas, and brother + cofounder, alex torrey, raged to foster the people while conceptualizing umano. music may not make us smarter, but it does let us process creativity.

trying to develop an idea of your own? AT (that’s his dj name) has a go-to playlist for engaging the abstract. happy listening.

#1 summer jam butch walker letters

keep it all lisa hannigan sea sew

web thee oh sees mutilator defeated at last

write it on your hand marvelous 3 hey! album

the pharoahs neko case middle cyclone

don’t stop (color on the walls) foster the people torches

love said to me the rooks the rooks

true affection father john misty I love you, honeybear

I’ll get by swag catch-all

life, liberty, and the pursuit of indian blood the last internationale we will reign

fast moving clouds sarah beth nelson fast moving clouds

don’t wanna lose ex hex rips