On messes and scales
David Galbraith (via Kottke):
I created mess around myself, the kind of chaos that would be very dangerous in an operating theater but which is synonymous with artists’ studios, and in that mess I edited the accidents. By increasing the amount of mess I had freed things up and increased the possibilities, I had maximised the adjacent possible and was able to create the appearance of inventing new things by editing the mistakes which appeared novel and interesting.
This is how I use modular scales. Measurement suggestions are my way into a mess. (See also, “That’s right, I improvised.”)