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#1 bigbrother

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:15 PM

I noticed a lot of people here are artistically inclined in some way would you say absinthe is a bit of a muse for your art? Something that helps get pen to paper, brush to canvas or notes to a sequencer?
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:05 AM

Certainly, absinthe is not a muse for me. Drinking anything prior to work would be potentially disastrous.
After work and before a nice dinner, it is sublime.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:11 AM

I often have a glass beside me as I work on my writing. The preparation ritual gets me in the right frame of mind, and I can get in a good two hours of writing before the glass is empty.

A can of beer just doesn't do it.
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:37 AM

Absinthe is a muse for my dreams, and one often seems to increase my alertness a bit, but I wouldn't say that it sparks any particular wakeful creativity.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 10:53 AM

I second bobt's general gist. While I wouldn't say that absinthe has sparked any creative genius that wasn't already there (or not there, ha), I've found that louching and sippin one glass does make me more alert and provide a calming clarity, in much the same way that putting an lp on the record player puts you in the mood to pay more attention to the music you're listening to than when you're listening to the radio in your car.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 01:15 PM

Just curious. I'm an industrial (Skinny puppy type not the new plastic crap) artist who suffers from perpetual writers block. I can get about half way into a song before I get frustrated that its 'not sounding right'. I was hoping it could help crack the block as it were.


Anyway maybe it'll help me get in the right mood

Edited by bigbrother, 12 October 2010 - 01:25 PM.

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#7 m.a.mccullough

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 02:16 PM

I have been told I played an amazing improv piano piece once when I was completely ripped on the green creature but I do not remember a single note of it so I guess the good muse giveth and the good muse taketh away.
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 02:17 PM

oh and i was appearantly playing from around midnight to 4 in the morning. what a brutal hangover that was!
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 03:52 PM

(Skinny puppy type not the new plastic crap)

I remember Absomphe saying the same thing about Al Jolson. :wheelchair:

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:21 PM

Well, he was pretty plastic compared to Junius Brutus Booth, ya know. :wheelchair: :wheelchair: :wheelchair:

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#11 baubel

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 07:35 PM

Oooo...toupee.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:30 AM

Certainly, absinthe is not a muse for me. Drinking anything prior to work would be potentially disastrous.
After work and before a nice dinner, it is sublime.


Ditto here for me. I have to be sober when making artwork but that's me. After a day of work or studio work it is indeed sublime! :)

#13 precenphix

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:55 AM

Writer’s block is a way of life for me, my friend. Nothing cures that but genuine creativity, which can’t be forced.

Alcohol in general is a bad idea for me when creating music. If anything, it acts as a nerve lubricant before a live performance but that’s where it ends. I learned during my college years that I’m going to get across what I’m trying to express a hell of a lot better without any kind of social additives on board. I do enjoy a few glasses when really hunkering down to really relax, dissect and let music wash over me, though.

There’s been a lot of industrial talk lately. I might have to revisit that territory for the WS Music Project when I get done with the current project I’m on…if I can find the time.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:08 AM

A friend of mine says he used to have a few beers before editing his graduate papers. Swears it helped loosen him up enough to make the correct changes without beating himself up too much.

I've had absinthe at the studio a few times and then sat down to throw without much difference. There were some stronger mixed drinks that I had at different times there with some adverse results...like not caring if the piece has a bit of a wobble to it.

And let's not forget about the Ballmer Peak.

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#15 OMG_Bill

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:42 AM

Absinthe makes me a better dancer. WRONG!
Absinthe makes me a better singer. WRONG!
Absinthe makes me think I'm a handsome devil, even when drooling. WRONG!
Actually all booze does those things. WRONG! DAMMIT!!!

One thing for sure, alcohol will certainly allow me to share my honest feelings out loud and in text. Ask anyone here that knows me. ;)

I try to apologize the next day or when reminded. :blush:
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:57 PM

I never drink absinthe (or anything thing else) with the intent of working on something (music, writing or painting), but on rare occasions I have ended up recording after having a couple of glasses. I've had some good ideas get recorded that way, but I always have to re-record them due to ineptitude. Unfortunately, ineptitude is something I retain even when sober.

I like some industrial stuff too; mainly Throbbing Gristle and that lot.
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#17 Père Ubu

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:41 PM

My green muse is green tea from Community. Green absinthe is for chilling after work.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 03:06 PM

As a guitarmaker, alcohol and tools=missing fingers. As a writer, I find anything to relax my mind helps to focus and get me centered. It could be meditation, a deep breath, good music, a glass of wine, or a glass of absinthe. It is not, however, a muse for me. The muses already put us creative noodle-heads on the right path, we have muses. Absinthe CAN be just a way of centering and focusing, as I've suggested. More than one glass of any alcohol, however, can make for some mighty untidy edges in one's creative endeavors. Even if we don't notice, others likely will!

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 03:09 PM

One glass yes. I can hear more nuances with what I do. I also tend to make less harsh noise and more ambient-dark noise than when I'm sober.

Any more and I just make funny sounds in microphones. :yahoo:

Some would say there's not much of a difference though.

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#20 Absomphe

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 03:23 PM

One glass yes.


Agreed.

Of course, that offers me a bit of leeway. :devil:

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#21 Absomphe

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 03:23 PM

Double post, right out of the blue.

I'll never understand how that very occasionally happens, so I must chalk it up to the usual "flaw in the matrix." :g:

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#22 Joe Legate

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:02 PM

Finger palsy. :wheelchair:

Any more and I just make funny sounds in microphones. :yahoo:
Some would say there's not much of a difference though.

That what my students say about my lectures.

#23 Absomphe

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:45 PM

Finger palsy. :wheelchair:


So far, only my middle finger seems thusly affected. :tongue:

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 05:04 PM

at work, actually tattooing people, no.

at home, making art--on occasion. Usually when working out the rough elements of a design.Definitely whilst painting. I've always painted while drinking, usually beer as I can abuse it more than other beverages.

at home, making music--more often than not. It calms the chaotic voice that says "this sucks", so that something can get done, even if it does suck.

at home making dinner--of course!! In the kitchen, it makes me actually care what that pile of ingredients is gonna be. Otherwise my poor wife must come home to bland-ass rice and beans and lame excuses.
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...because shoddy absinthes will be flavored with the lubricator of take the lead anise.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:08 PM

So far, only my middle finger seems thusly affected. :tongue:

No doubt your prostate is very happy about that, double-poster. :tongue: :tongue:

#26 Absomphe

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:54 PM

Not so much, since my thumbs have become a bit arthritic. :laugh:

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#27 Garrett

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:00 PM

When I am painting I more often than not have a glass, or two, or more... don't think it's necessarily a muse but I think it helps me focus on what I'm doing.
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Painting and sipping absinthe mix very well.

#28 Lalaslair

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:41 AM

It makes me THINK about being creative but I usually end up sitting at the table with the fountain doing crossword puzzles.I do,however experience better concentration with absinthe than with other spirits.

#29 Père Ubu

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:21 AM

Absinthe + Inventor = Pink Slip

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:32 AM

It makes me THINK about being creative but I usually end up sitting at the table with the fountain doing crossword puzzles.



Have you looked at your answers in the puzzle the next morning? :devil:


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