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Mastering Chaos: "Entrainment"

We often talk about people blissfully living in their 'bubble'. We talk about politicians living in their bubble of reality not necessarily aware of the lives of others. We run the risk of becoming entrained by our own 'bubbles'. Before you choose to believe that you don't have your own bubble just be aware that the likes of Google and Facebook know about your bubble. They like to feed your 'bubble'. They think they know what you like. read more

Mastering Chaos - Do we really know how to be creative? -

How free are we to make things up as we go along? Or do we just follow the rules? read more

Mastering Chaos® A Leadership Workshop - by Rod Paton and Andrew Hodges

Musical leadership is leading 'in the moment', guiding multiple strands of simultaneous activities. Leadership doesn't get more complex than this. Musicians must lead themselves and their 'team', i.e. their band or orchestra, in a variety of different styles to suit the piece. The leadership style must 'fit', relate to what is happening now, with a sense of what's coming towards them, hopefully leading to the best outcome. read more

Mastering Chaos - A Leadership Workshop - Employing The Principles of Rod Paton’s Lifemusic

Mastering Chaos allows you to explore how allowing apparent chaos frequently permits healthy, productive and creative community. read more

from Jon Blend: - "What is Lifemusic?"

Lifemusic is an accessible, participatory form of improvised music-making. Therapeutic rather than therapy per se, it is socially inclusive and aims to enrich lives and strengthen communities. ?Lifem read more


Ive been giving some thought to those internet surveillance and tracking revelations (known as PRISM) which appeared recently in the press and internet blogs and wondered whether our experie read more

The Successful Improvising Organisation: The Pre-conditions

It is my belief that the behaviours and processes that underpin the improvisational metaphor go way beyond musical boundaries. They can even be related directly to the causes of current world economi read more

Just Firefighting? (Part 2) - The TROUBLE WITH IMPROVISATION

In the article Just Firefighting which I published last year, I referred to musical improvisation as a possible metaphor for non-musical improvisation. However there is a major problem with improvisat read more


We learn through playing. Okay, we learn through other methods also like practise, repetition,experience and tutoring, but play is surely the most joyful and, more importantly, sub-conscious method o read more

Lifemusic - Connecting People to Time (Extract 1)

Connecting to Time Time is one of the great archetypal experiences of man, and has eluded all our attempts towards a completely rational explanation. The universe was created with time and not in ti read more

Improv at Edinburgh

I have just returned from two weeks at the Edinburgh festival, playing keyboards for Music Box. We do full improvised muscals based on audience suggestions. Now I know that improvised musicals have read more

Just Firefighting?

One or two people may know that whilst I can turn my hand to a decent bit of violin improvisation I spend a considerable amount of time working with the business community developing business teams. read more

Improvisation and Trust

Most trained musicians are scared stiff of improvising. This fear is amplified when they are offered the chance to improvise on their specialist instrument, preferring to use a percussion instrument o read more

Improvisational Worlds

New Horizons for both the Musician and the Non-musician , Trained or Untrained This short article describes how the potential of music improvisation might offer an effective route for the progressive read more

Train to be a Lifemusician!

Please contact Rod for information regarding post Covid training program What is Lifemusic? A method of workshop facilitation based upon improvisation, participation and trust. Who is it for? T read more

The Magic of Group Free Intuitive Music Improvisation

There are many different interpretations of the meaning of music improvisation. For many, when music improvisation is mentioned, jazz or Indian music may be brought to mind. Others may have experience read more

The chorus

The Chorus is the mainstay of comedy improvised songs. EVen when verses go awry, or amazing rhymes disappear, or the melody is ditched for a one-note song, the chorus can come along and leave a sense read more

Musical Improvised Comedy

I am still suffering flashbacks from our last comedy music improv weekend. Strange scenes of gyrating Paul McCartneys, uplifting duets in space, filth and fury in Primark and unmentionable scenes i read more

The launch of the SCHOOL OF CREATIVE MUSIC MAKING, led by Stefan Cartwright and Erik Huele

As part of its extensive programme in Creative Exploration, Hawkwood is very pleased to announce the launch of the SCHOOL OF CREATIVE MUSIC MAKING, led by Stefan Cartwright and Erik Huele. It starts read more

Music Technology and Lifemusic

The workshops I run and many workshops I attend use a whole range of instruments which I tend to call instant access instruments, drums, rattles, shakers, xylophones, gongs and so on a wide selection read more

Chopin and Poland, Music, Folklore and Contemporary Art

All Sound Travels members warmly invited to attend. read more

Musicmaking and Healing the Breach

I &ndash Mythmaking In the eons long life of the world soul, each great revolution on the axis mundi corresponds to an age in the slow working out of the destiny of our own ancient but still young sp read more

Participative Spiritual Inquiry and the Music & Psyche enterprise

ABSTRACT The Common Ground Report (CGR) (Scientific &amp Medical (S&ampM) Network Review 98, pp24-27), exhibits similarities with reports of outcomes of group musical improvisation modalities develop read more


Musical improvisation is not played out in a stylistic vacuum. While its very nature is spontaneous and psychic, allowing the right brain free rein, the messages received are filtered through the lef read more

Can Music Save The Planet

Community musicians may well be motivated by a variety of intentions, not least the need to earn a decent living, but however we choose to employ our skills the healing benefits which invariably flow read more

Stockhausen - Questions and answers on Intuitive Music Pt 1

(This discussion took place during the lecture Live Electronic and Intuitive Music given on November 15th 1971 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The lecture with discussion was film read more

Stockhausen - Questions and answers on Intuitive Music Pt 3

Question: What happens if you repeat a piece like ES in the coming weeks? Surely you must be bound, having once played in a certain way, to remember certain details and thus to play it simil read more

Stockhausen - Questions and answers on Intuitive Music Pt 2

Question: You say that you call this music Intuitive Music because improvisation is always related to a certain system Stockhausen: Style Question: to a pattern. What about read more


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The Lifemusic Training Spring/Summer 2022

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The Lifemusic Training Spring/Summer 2022

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The Lifemusic Training Spring/Summer 2022

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