Sam Brinson Posts

Mindfulness helps us meditate, focus, and rid ourselves of stress and anxiety. But at what cost? Focus is an in demand commodity today, we all want it, if only our easily distracted minds would play…

Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman, is a good book. Thinking fast, or System 1 as he calls it, is your intuition. It’s quick, resourceful, and prone to mistakes which we often call biases.…

Music as a whole consists of many facets: Pitch, Loudness, Harmony, Timbre, Rhythm… The thing is, rhythm is a whole different beast to those others, it pulls us in with it’s timely thuds, even without…

“We can change all of the pitches used in the song (transposition), the tempo, and the instrumentation, and the song is still recognized as the same song. We can change the intervals, the scales, even…

The creative gateways. That’s what I like to call them. They’re the things you’ll often come into when people recommend ways to get creativity flowing. The things you do before that “A-ha” moment. That flash…

“You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life”—Austin Kleon “I’m not creative.” I’ve heard that a few times. I still hear it, and I loathe it. The idea that…

Music is searching for itself, and we’re the observers. I’ve heard a few assumptions about music recently—now I’m sure these don’t apply to everyone, but they’ve come up often enough that I feel the need…

I will start with the bad news and inform you that nothing you ever create, invent, design, or build is ever truly new. Sorry to start on such a sour note, but it’s true, there’s…

Finding Pleasure in the Dissonant If you’ve not done already, I recommend reading the first two parts to this series: One and two. We’ve gone over the aspects that make up sound and music, and…

Why Does it Sound Good? Previously we looked into how we visually represent sound and a little on how our brains interpret that, now I would like to expand on what happens when we listen…