The Brutalist manifest – the 13 commandments of musical Brutalism

1. Strive to reach the “unthinkable”. If you are completely sure of what you are doing then you are most likely doing something wrong, or worse – something boring.

2. Above all else, what matters the most is the energy of the music.

3. If the piece only focuses on one musical idea it cannot be longer than four minutes, this includes parts of longer pieces.

4. If a piece is longer than four minutes it must have dynamic changes, the longer the piece then the bigger the dynamic changes need to be.

5. If electronics are utilized they must be kept very simple in order to avoid malfunctions and most importantly to maintain a rough (lack of) quality.

6. If there is a concept it must be clear enough to be understood by people without university degrees in composition.

7. The worst thing art can be is boring.

8. Do not shy away from the extreme, but aim to create a wider interest.

9. Presentation is everything.

10. If deeper meanings and/or abstract concepts are utilized they must remain of only secondary importance, they can NEVER be the primary focus.

11. Sees itself as a continuation of music history, and is not opposed to older musical ideas.

12. Brutalism rejects any and all idealized cultural narratives.

13. There is no creativity, there is no genius. There is only work.