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“Capturing human mental processes can be like capturing quicksilver. The brain has as many neurons as there are stars in the Milky Way.”
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.
Read the full article here.
“In the indie music world, where heroic failure and outsider status are cherished even more than commercial success, Daniel Johnston is a totem […]”
Check out The Guardian reporter Laura Barton’s interview with Daniel Johnston.
“About 2.6 percent of American adults — nearly 6 million people — have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). But the disease, characterized by significant and severe mood changes, is still dangerously misunderstood.”
Find out more on the Huffington Post.
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“The Songwriting Podcast is a monthly music podcast where three hosts revel in the technical and creative aspects of the craft of songwriting, with the help of a guest songwriter or some other music industry professional.” The theme for this episode is Motivation: Creating Art for Art’s Sake, featuring an interview with filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig.
Listen to the podcast here.
RUN ALONG THE EDGE OF MADNESS…
The following six films allow us a view of the world detached from logic through the eyes of dreamers and madmen.
A New York Times article about Daniel Johnstons visual career.
Slant Magazine spoke with director Jeff Feuerzeig, about his history with Johnston, his journey with the film, and some of the gentle controversies that have arisen from this representation of a uniquely flawed, divinely inspired, artist who has burrowed his way into a fanbase so loyal he may never be forgotten.
Read the full interview on Slant Magazine.
“Low fidelity. The natural antithesis of high-fidelity. The name lo-fi was popularized in the late 1980s, as a catch-all for a growing number of punk-inspired musicians recording songs on very cheap, at-home equipment. How it sounds: Bad. And that’s the point. Though many lo-fi artists weren’t doing so by choice, merely using whatever materials and resources were at hand at the time, the genre represents the embrace of limitations.”
Find out more about the Lo-Fi genre here.
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"There is a line that sometimes runs between genius and madness, sometimes encircles them."
"Some people will learn about Daniel Johnston through this movie, and it is a great introduction. Others will have known about his work for many years, and for them, the movie will fill in a great many details that they didn't previously know."
"To share Feuerzeig’s loving investigation is to share an insightful study of the destructive and creative capabilities of the mind."