Hybridization of Artistic Genres and the Development of Multiple Creative Disciplines ~ by Lee Duane FitzSimmons

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One of the most clever ways to use a newly perceived idea is to apply its concept to another format or genre. One can also combine genres in an infinite number of ways. One can also take ideas from one genre and apply them to another or combine genres and apply ideas to the new hybrid. It is also possible to take foreign ideas that have been used in another type of art form and apply them to completely different art forms. This process allows for a creative work to have fresh material while still maintaining a ring of familiarity.

When combining genres, one should be careful and selective with the process required to perform this operation. Sometimes the various stylistic elements of a particular genre need to be carefully dissected in order to find appropriate aspects that may be either extracted and inserted into another genre or used as a foundation or template on which to place foreign elements from other genres.

It should also be remembered that each genre is a careful selection of artistic elements that have been used over and over again and have managed to find a certain kind of creative formula that rings true in the souls of many of those who enjoy experiencing creations of that genre. Creating a successful hybrid that also elicits this response is a feat that is not easily accomplished.

Thus, it should be realized that most attempts with any sort of hybridization are more than likely not going to be as well received as a new creation that can be considered as belonging to a specific genre. However, if this process of combinatorial endeavors is successful, then something wonderful and magical is created and the whole world benefits. It is like a bridge has been built that spans the width of a great chasm because the new hybridization can now be used as a blueprint for future creations to link the newly combined idioms together.

Once the bridge over a massive canyon has been built, it becomes easy to walk to the other side.

When it comes to the various fields of art, there are often many
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sources of inspiration that can potentially spark the fires of the creative process. However, sometimes the reverse is true. Therefore, it is important to have multiple inputs of imaginative fancy at one's fingertips. Different branches of art can very easily feed into one another if the imaginative process is constantly put to use in new and creative ways using multiple artistic and scientific disciplines.

Another important aspect to the benefits of having more than one field of artistic endeavor is the alleviation of boredom in all of its many incarnations. Due to the high level of repetition needed to develop one's technical prowess in any type of creative discipline, boredom quickly becomes a factor. One can lose interest at the early stages of an individual's artistic development in a particular field because only amateurish content can be produced due to lack of technique. Once an artist has gained enough technical proficiency to produce a high-quality product, an enormous amount of repetition has been performed in order to gain these skills.

By having more than one source of artistic passion, the alleviation
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of boredom in the fields where an individual is technically proficient becomes far easier to accomplish. Learning a new technique in a new field inspires technique and design ideas in the fields with which an artist is already fluent. In addition, the new discipline that the artist is learning is crafted in a new way that is inspired by this individual's proficiency within her/his areas of competency. One art feeds into the next and vice versa.

It should also be noted that the Western theory of "courting the
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muse" is very damaging to the creative process because reducing creative inspiration into a singular entity is rather limiting to the imaginative whim. The entire notion of "the muse" was not singular when it was first known to have been asserted publicly back in the ninth century B.C.E. by Hesiod. In fact, throughout the centuries, the idea of "muse" was quite often plural. To court one's muse would seem like a restriction of the imagination and not an enlargement of it. Instead, a more proper way of expressing creative inspiration would be "courting the muses." This type of assertion would be more in line with the expressions of the past centuries and would seem to be more likely to gather some type of creative energy from the collective consciousness.

There is also a bit of creative suppression when one uses the verb court. This verb implies that some effort is necessary to garner the affections of the muses. Instead of requesting the aid of just one fairy-muse, it would make more sense to have many ladies performing for the artist in need of inspiration. Therefore, instead of begging for the hand of an aloof muse-maiden, it would be more logical to let the entire harem of the nine muses perform for the artist seeking inspiration.

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The fairy-muses of the aesthetic woodlands would then compete with each other for the affections of the individual in need of creative guidance.

Lee Duane FitzSimmons
Lee Duane FitzSimmons is an award-winning musical prodigy who creates customized background music. ATTENTION AUTHORS - FREE MUSIC FOR BOOK TRAILERS 

He not only became proficient on several instruments, but also learned music theory and ear training at age 12, so he could combine all of the creative sensibilities inherent in possessing all of these disciplines. While still in his early teens, he began writing and recording with a multi-track recorder while still in junior high school. Winning medal after medal in saxophone and vocal performance competitions, Lee especially excelled at ear training and music theory competitions. He placed first in state competitions for music theory and ear training his junior and senior years in high school, and received a $5,000 scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he tested out of over half a dozen semesters music courses.

Lee went on to earn a living professionally in music for many years. He played in several different house bands and toured on the road with many different groups as he traveled all over the country.  

For Lee, the only thing that matters now to humanity is peace. He feels that peace allows for the development of nations and individuals. Peace allows for the development of the arts and sciences. Peace allows for the continuous ecstasy of the soul.

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