Lightning Talk: This Is The Sound of All Of Us


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This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
The Wailin' Jennies - One Voice

Often we talk about the power of small, self-organising groups of people, working collaboratively. Lyssa Adkins gives a beautiful example of a string quartet in her powerful book on coaching on how the quartet members work together and communicate constantly throughout a performance. Some of the most powerful music of the last century has come from pairs of writers and performers working intimately together - George and Ira Gershwin. Lennon and McCartney. Simon and Garfunkel.

But music, like software, often seeks to deliver work at a larger scale and with more complexity than a single, self-organising team can manage. And seeks to do so with unpredictable skill levels of the performers. What lessons can music teach us about the problems and potential workarounds of scaled delivery of creative work?

Using more musical examples than deserve to fit in 10 minutes, Martin Burns brings 40 years of musical experience and formal education from his first career to bear on the problems of his current day job.

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Lightning Talk: This Is The Sound of All Of Us

  1. 1. @MartinBurnsSV This is the sound of one voice One spirit, one voice The sound of one who makes a choice This is the sound of one voice This is the sound of all of us Singing with love and the will to trust Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust This is the sound of all of us This is the sound of voices two The sound of me singing with you Helping each other to make it through This is the sound of voices two This is the sound of voices three Singing together in harmony Surrendering to the mystery This is the sound of voices three I spent 3 years getting a Music Degree. It’s about time I used it for something. This is the Sound of All Of Us The Wailin' Jennys: One Voice
  2. 2. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Lyssa Adkins This is the sound of all of us Singing with love and the will to trust Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust This is the sound of all of us Source:
  3. 3. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Close Partnerships Source:
  4. 4. @MartinBurnsSV 1. Creativity
  5. 5. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Eric Johnson: Cliffs of Dover Just what is it you want to do? We wanna be free We wanna be free to do what we wanna do And we wanna get loaded And we wanna have a good time That's what we're gonna do (No way baby let's go) We're gonna have a good time We're gonna have a party Peter Fonda The Wild Angels Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition source: Griff Hamlin: Blues Jam Track & Solo Tutorial
  6. 6. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Source:
  7. 7. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'” James Blunt - "You're Beautiful" Black Eyed Peas - "Where Is the Love" Alphaville - "Forever Young" Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours" Train - "Hey Soul Sister" The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go" Elton John - "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (from The Lion King) Akon - "Don't Matter" John Denver - "Take Me Home, Country Roads" Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" U2 - "With Or Without You" The Last Goodnight - " Pictures of You" The Fray - "You Found Me" 3OH!3 - "Don't Trust Me" Tim Minchin - "Canvas Bags" Blink-182 - "Dammit" Kasey Chambers - "Not Pretty Enough" Alicia Keys - "No One” Amiel - "Lovesong" Bush - "Glycerine" Thirsty Merc - "20 Good Reasons" Lighthouse Family - "High" Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy" Men At Work - " Down Under" Jill Colucci - "The Funny Things You Do” (Theme from America's Funniest Home Videos) Jack Johnson - "Taylor" Spice Girls - "2 Become 1" Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Soul to Squeeze" Banjo Patterson - "Waltzing Matilda" Bic Runga - "Sway" Maroon Five - "She Will Be Loved" The Beatles - "Let It Be" Bob Marley - "No Woman No Cry" a-ha - "Take On Me" Green Day - "When I Come Around" Eagle Eye Cherry - "Save Tonight" Toto - "Africa" Beyoncé - "If I Were A Boy” Jason DeRulo - "In My Head" The Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" Joan Osborne - " One of Us" Avril Lavigne - "Complicated" The Offspring - "Self Esteem" The Offspring - "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" Akon - "Beautiful" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - "Apologize” Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie" Bon Jovi - "It's My Life” Robert Burns - "Auld Lang Syne" Five for Fighting - "Superman" The Axis of Awesome - "Birdplane" Missy Higgins - "Scar" Alex Lloyd - "Amazing" Richard Marx - "Right Here Waiting" Crowded House - "Fall At Your Feet" Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under the Bridge" Daryl Braithwaite - "The Horses" Pink - "U + Ur Hand” Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" Aqua - "Barbie Girl" Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Otherside" Ben Lee - "Cigarettes Will Kill You" Michael Jackson - "Man in the Mirror" Mika - "Happy Ending" The Cranberries – “Zombie" Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn" The Gregory Brothers - "Double Rainbow Song" MGMT - "Kids" Andrea Bocelli – “Time To Say Goodbye" Source:
  8. 8. @MartinBurnsSV 2. Cadence
  9. 9. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Sustaining Out of Sync Cadence is Hard Steve Reich: Clapping Source:
  10. 10. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at ...Particularly when working with multiple independent external parties who have local synchronisation to worry about Linked, Regular Cadence Helps Source:
  11. 11. @MartinBurnsSV 3. Co-ordination
  12. 12. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Total Freedom on your own Martin Carthy: January Man
  13. 13. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at But with others... Martin Carthy: January Man (with Arrangement)
  14. 14. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at A little advance agreement… Grieg: Piano Concerto Source:
  15. 15. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at …common logistics and touchpoints Grieg: Piano Concerto (By Grieg) Source:
  16. 16. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at …and Acceptance Criteria Grieg: Piano Concerto (By Grieg) All the right notes Not necessarily in the right order
  17. 17. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at …and you can achieve great scale Source:
  18. 18. @MartinBurnsSV Links & Media available at Creativity with Patterns Cadence Co-ordination Enables Scale & Complexity
  19. 19. @MartinBurnsSV Tusen Takk