The Cut Up Technique (Bowie & Burroughs)

First popularized by William S Burroughs, this creative method gained even more attention when it was cited by David Bowie. Bowie described the application of this method to help inspire him in his music. It involves literally cutting up some text (a finished linear section) and placing the cut up pieces in different formations to see new combinations. You can spot similar approaches in other ways like using samples in music or film.

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