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What Does Innovation Sound Like To You?

Posted by Plish on April 2, 2009

Jane Mackays “Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto”

 

While reading, feel free to listen to a song I just wrote entitled “Innovation 1A” – it’s what innovation sounds like to me.

There is an excellent blog post here about a doctor who was able to discern the urine of a healthy person from the urine of a diseased person through translating the chemical makeup into sounds – a symphony of sorts.

When trying to come up with creative solutions to sticky problems, often it helps to look at the problem in a whole new way, as if through another sense.  In other words, ask the following:

  1. What color is this problem? How can this problem be translated into color? What color would you prefer the problem to be and how do you get there.
  2. What does this problem taste like? How can this problem be translated into taste? What taste would you prefer the problem to be and how do you get there.
  3. What does this problem sound like? How can this problem be translated into sound? What sound would you prefer the problem to be and how do you get there.
  4. How would you  describe the problem with regards to touch (Smooth, rough, round, sharp)? How can this problem be translated into touch? What tactile sensation would you prefer the problem to be and how do you get there.
  5. What does this problem smell like? How can this problem be depicted with smell? What smell would you prefer the problem to be and how do you get there.
  6. What emotion(s) does this problem elicit? How can you translate the problem into an emotion? What emotion do you want it to be and how do you get it there?

You can translate problems in other ways by resorting to the following list of types of synesthesia (Greek for Union of the Senses) from a lecture by Professor Leanne Boucher.

synesthe

So I ask you, what does Innovation sound like to you?

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2 Responses to “What Does Innovation Sound Like To You?”

  1. Interesting music, I enjoyed it. Great entry.

    Innovation, to me, sounds like several things. The first two and most prominent that come to mind are:

    1. A well prepared symphony orchestra playing some formerly known composer’s masterpiece – in that all of its creation intertwines melodiously together, including notes unknown and uncharted compared to the rest of generalized music as a whole. Have you ever listened to such and followed its noise production levels – half the layers such music hits does not even come close to music following its time. You use your mind in depth just to listen. You use your mind in depth to be innovative.

    2. The wind.

  2. Plish said

    Great thoughts- and thanks for the kind words!

    The symphony is a great metaphor; I tried to capture a similar feeling with various sounds in my piece. But you’re right about going deep.

    The wind is also great-it comes and goes and you’re not sure from where or to where, it’s soft, loud, cool, hot, powerful, subtle and dream carrying.

    Thanks again for the insights!

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