Electric Counterpoint

Every now and then on this blog, I like to write about something that gives me inspiration, that is not perhaps directly connected to the world of photography.

I'm a huge Steve Reich fan. For those of you who do not know him, he is an avant-garde musician who specialises in syncopated rhythms, always using an orchestra to play his music. Two of his pieces stand out for me; Music for 18 musicians and Electric Counterpoint.

The above video is Royksopp's reinterpretation of Electric Counterpoint by Reich. But if you want to hear something more true to Reich then listen to this video:

If you're into listening to something that is hypnotic, something you can let float around in the background while you get on with something else, then look it up on Spotify and try it out. It's not for everyone.

For me, the music seems to feed a part of my brain that needs to have order and rhythm. Sometimes when I want to listen to music, I don't really want to hear a song, or melody, I'm just looking for sound and something that will fill the space between silence and my conscious thoughts.

Inspiration should come from anywhere. A story, a piece of poetry, a song, a joke, a piece of syncopated music. Anything.

I find there are certain things I'm deeply attracted to. They are beautiful but they also have some form of cerebral entertainment that keep my mind company.

To do well in photography, you need to have an inquisitive, receptive mind. I love lots of things for different reasons, but they all connect with that part of me that is passionate about photography. If you love photography, you love the arts. There are no boundaries, so find inspiration in other mediums, it's all out there waiting for you.