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Donald MacKinnon study on IQ and creativity

Nancy C. Andreassen study on depression in creators

Highly creative people are walking contradictions

Marc Maron’s WTF podcast

Chapter 1

20% of the songs on Spotify have never been listened to once

Stretch and Bobbito documentary

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks talks about working with Rick Rubin

Chapter 2

The Lyrics To "All Right Now"

1877 K A R S 4 K I D S jingle

Dr. Luke admits he can’t tell a hit

The advent of a hook appearing in a pop song within seven seconds in pop songs. 

An episode of the podcast Song Exploder, where producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX) talks about developing a Carly Rae Jepsen song.

Bret Easton Ellis  post-Empire world essay. 

James Alex of Beach Slang podcast

Bonnie McKee, on writing for Katy Perry

Mark Ronson on Amy Winehouse 

Oneohtrix Point Never writes songs to envision a sci-fi film through music

Grimes says she imagines making a trailer for a fictitious movie

Every pop song is the same four-chords

Our brains are wired to respond to repetition and familiarity

5 Seconds Of Summer took Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” vocal melody and put new words to it

Record producer turned neuroscientist Daniel Levitin did a study that showed our brains respond to a sweet spot of musical familiarity and complexity

Brian Eno quote

Chapter 3

Joe Barresi punking listeners into believing he recorded Tool's drums in a helium-filled room

Chapter 4

Great Songs playlist

Coldplay exposed their list on an episode of 60 Minutes

Pharrell Williams said this of working with Daft Punk

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

The Paradox of Choice

Greg Wells has said

Chapter 7

Nile Rodgers memorial to Bowie

Rick Rubin revealed

Paul McCartney would later say

Einstein wasn’t the best physicist of his time

James Flynn’s TED Talk on IQ

Take a look at this Google trend chart to watch it continually grow

Beethoven churning out 110 minutes of music every single year

The common complaint in classical music today is that every new work ends up being avant-garde

Pop records that regularly employ 50+ producers and songwriters

While internet memes will mock this

Before 1975 there were plenty of lone wolf inventors who made great strides innovating scientific breakthroughs, but now that we've discovered most of the low hanging fruit of innovation, we need contributors who are experts in multiple disciplines to make innovative creations.

People are more creative if they listen to standup comedy before doing a creative endeavor.

The group Spoon says after singer Britt Daniel makes a demo, they'll think about what filter they can apply to the idea

 Pop stars or even Daft Punk

Rick Rubin says Eminem often finds his cadences from rhythms already in the song

Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards

David Bowie would write chords on a chalkboard

The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp

My podcast

Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind

Chapter 8

Where Good Ideas Come From

Graham Wallas’ The Art of Thought

University of California research

A University of Central Lancashire study

A University of California study

When reviewing Mozart's notebooks for his scores, he had dramatically fewer cross-outs than the majority of composers


Steve Jobs’ thought on creativity

Notorious B.I.G. didn't show up to that bodega in Bed-Stuy and freestyle

Grimes keeps pen and paper by her bedside, whereas Ezra Kire of Morning Glory takes it a step further

Music Memos

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer uses spreadsheets to keep track of riffs

David Allen’s life-changing book Getting Things Done

Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain

Atul Gawande The Checklist Manifesto


Chapter 9

My podcast Off The Record

Rick Rubin puts together albums this way

Derek Sivers has a saying

Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott

Stargate say they constantly put these skeletons on the backburner

Radiohead waited for 21 years before putting "True Love Waits" on a record

Chapter 10

Porter Robinson took three hundred hours to make "Years Of War."

Bjork says she spends 90% of her time editing the good ideas she receives from collaborators.

Watch David Bowie's Five Years documentary

The podcast I host for Noise Creators

BJ Novak, an actor and writer on the show The Office (US), talks about how the show would employ a "blue sky" period

An interview I did with Ezra Kire of Morning Glory

My favorite use of this is the first Basement Jaxx record

Chapter 11

The vocals were recorded for 10-12 hours a day for three weeks straight.

Anyone who’s seen the documentaries of Bruce Springsteen

The Rolling Stones made Sympathy For The Devil, a movie directed by the amazing Jon Luc Godard

Dave Grohl sits down to play on a toy drum set

Parkinson’s Law states

Teresa Amabile did a study on deadlines

The story goes that the first Beastie Boys record took two years to make.

Their inner Axl Rose will take nearly a decade to finish a record.

Chapter 12

When Skrillex was asked about why he worked with the Bieb, he said.

Osborn found the best results came from allowing collaborators to think of the absurd.

They discovered that teams operating in the right environment with mediocre players could outperform superstar players.

Dave Sardy, who has made many amazing records with bands like LCD Soundsystem, Slayer and Death From Above 1979, says this about the need to follow a single vision.

Benevolent dictator

Brian Uzzi, a sociologist at Northwestern, extensively studied the teams that made the best musicals.

Teresa Amabile did a study that examined how reward affects creativity.

Author Isaac Asimov was asked to write a paper on creativity for DARPA.

Studies have found that creativity tends to diminish when a project is done only for gain.

John Cleese of the great comedy troupe Monty Python also agrees, stating

Cal Newport’s Deep Work

Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University

MIT’s Building 20 contained soundproofed offices for isolated work, unlike modern open office designs.

Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend

The benefits of this practice are echoed in interviews I've done with members of Thrice and Publicist UK

Chapter 13

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Finance blogger Ramit Sethi

This sentiment has been echoed by countless artists including Grimes.

On my podcast

Chapter 14

Ira Glass of This American Life has great advice for you.

The attitude author Stephen King took towards failure.

Joan Jett famously got rejected by 23 different major labels

An hour later, the most important review I was waiting on

Hal Gregersen, a professor at INSEAD Business School, says

I have a startup business

Julia Campbell's The Artist’s Way

Merlin Mann

Jonathan Franzen’s early days were spent

My friend Ross Robinson

Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habit

The first step is to establish a cue

Daily Rituals

Tim Ferris’ podcasts

Leiden University

Gut bacteria helps regulate brain plasticity.

MatchaBar’s brand

Just like alcohol, Leiden University studies show that light use can help create new ideas, but too much marijuana use is detrimental to creativity.

Blur’s Damon Albarn tried to convey this point.

But there are concerns that it may help execution but hinder imagination.

Onnit’s Alpha Brain

A lot of artists who say

Lars Von Trier famously told Politiken

Chapter 15

Artist David Choe has said "comfort kills creativity"

The book Drunk Tank Pink

A University of British Columbia study

In Deep Work

Psychologist Joydeep Bhattacharya says

Steven Berlin Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From

scientists find

Chapter 16

Quentin Tarantino says

Weiner's book, The Geography Of Genius

The service Hit Predictor

Mark Beeman




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