June 20

Less IS More – is it?


The phrase less is more means that having just the essential things is better than having way too much of superfluous things. It allows you to focus on what matters.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined the phrase “Less is More” but apparently he borrowed it from poet Robert Browning. As one of the great figures of 20th century architecture, his principles were centered around order, logic and clarity.

How Do We Choose?
A consumer’s strategy for most good decisions will involve these steps:

  1. Figure out your goal or goals.
  2. Evaluate the importance of each goal.
  3. Array the options.
  4. Evaluate how likely each of the options is to meet your goals.
  5. Pick the winning option.
  6. Modify goals.

Why We Suffer
Below are various psychological models for happiness showing how the problem of choice can be addressed by different strategies. What is important to note is that each of these strategies comes with its own bundle of psychological complication.

  • Choice and happiness.
  • Freedom or commitment.
  • Second-order decisions.
  • Missed opportunities.

Now when we apply these thoughts to music, do you make a conscious decision to use the rule: LESS IS MORE when you produce your music? What are you personal thoughts on this rule: LESS IS MORE? …IS IT?


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