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An artist's guide to the labyrinth of creativity. Join us as we explore the mysteries of human genius, how creativity works, and how you can improve your own creative process. The labyrinth awaits.

Creative Codex is one-part podcast and one-part imaginative lecture series, featuring thoroughly researched insights into the creative process mixed with captivating soundscapes and original music.

Produced & Written by MJDorian

Creative Codex MJDorian

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An artist's guide to the labyrinth of creativity. Join us as we explore the mysteries of human genius, how creativity works, and how you can improve your own creative process. The labyrinth awaits.

Creative Codex is one-part podcast and one-part imaginative lecture series, featuring thoroughly researched insights into the creative process mixed with captivating soundscapes and original music.

Produced & Written by MJDorian

    Art Is Dangerous (Exhibit A: The Devil Wood Incident)

    Art Is Dangerous (Exhibit A: The Devil Wood Incident)

    Is art dangerous? On this minisode, I share a personal story about the art project that almost killed me. I call this: The Devil Wood Incident. This is Exhibit A in a miniseries exploring the theme: Art Is Dangerous. 

    Here is a link to the Devil Wood music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTL-GKBMTk

    If you would like to share your own Art Is Dangerous story for a future episode, reach out to me: info@mjdorian.com

    Instagram of singer / songwriter / vocal alchemist, Shelley Thomas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTL-GKBMTk

    The song featured in this episode is called Dwell Within Me (feat. Shelley Thomas), on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/track/45TKlkP734PwRGYbhKaLzZ?si=9f6e26d2826444a2

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    If you'd like to become a Patron of Creative Codex, and gain access to all the Creativity Tip episodes as well as Episode Exclusives, head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian

    Thank you for your support!

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    Let's connect on social:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian

    • 16 min
    25: Vincent van Gogh • At Eternity's Gate (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 4)

    25: Vincent van Gogh • At Eternity's Gate (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 4)

    On this episode we explore the tragic death of Vincent van Gogh. We seek to answer, once and for all, was it: suicide or homicide? In the process we discover that the two popular theories explaining Vincent's death are deeply flawed, and a new theory emerges. 

    This episode follows the events of that fateful day through Theo's perspective. After a thorough investigation, we explore the aftermath, and meet the woman who made Vincent van Gogh a household name: Johanna van Gogh-Bonger.

    The original music of this episode features a very special guest, singer & songwriter: L'FREAQ. (Also known as Lea Cappelli.) Follow  all of L'FREAQ's music through her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lfreaq/

    Listen to L'FREAQ on Spotify: L'FREAQ Spotify

    And enjoy her YouTube music vids (one which I directed!): https://www.youtube.com/user/leacappelli

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    Explore the paintings mentioned in this episode by visiting this companion gallery I made: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/

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    Diaries of Johanna van Gogh: https://www.bongerdiaries.org/dagboek_jo_3_section_83

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    Watch my video about Vincent's most disturbing painting, done while he was suffering from a psychotic episode: https://youtu.be/EHkm6LMXjiA

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    Become a supporter of the show, and receive access to all the Creativity Tip episodes and Episode Exclusives here: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian

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    Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian.

    Let's connect: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/

    For Merch & News: https://mjdorian.com/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    24: Vincent van Gogh • The Asylum (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 3)

    24: Vincent van Gogh • The Asylum (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 3)

    On May 8th, 1889, Vincent van Gogh checks in to a mental asylum. What begins as a three month stay extends into a year. A period of time during which Vincent paints 141 masterpieces in between bouts of debilitating psychotic attacks. 

    On this episode, we dive into Vincent and Theo's letters to finally uncover all of the details about Vincent's yearlong stay in the asylum. 

    The original music of this episode features a very special guest, singer & songwriter: L'FREAQ. (Also known as Lea Cappelli.) Follow all of L'FREAQ's music through her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lfreaq/

    Listen to L'FREAQ on Spotify: L'FREAQ Spotify

    And enjoy her YouTube music vids (one which I directed!): https://www.youtube.com/user/leacappelli

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    Explore the paintings mentioned in this episode by visiting this companion gallery I made: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/

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    Watch my video about Vincent's most disturbing painting, done while he was suffering from a psychotic episode: https://youtu.be/EHkm6LMXjiA

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    Become a supporter of the show, and receive access to all the Creativity Tip episodes and Episode Exclusives here: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian

    Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian.

    Let's connect: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/

    For Merch & News: https://mjdorian.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Creativity Tip 15: The 10,000 Hours Rule

    Creativity Tip 15: The 10,000 Hours Rule

    What is the 10,000 Hours Rule? How can you apply it in your life?

    I first stumbled on this theory in the book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The basic premise is this: to achieve mastery in any skill that requires complex cognitive processes, you need to put in roughly 10,000 hours of effort, spread across a 10 year span.

    In other words, if you want to become a master at something, you will have to clock in about 10,000 hours into that domain. That could be anything from cooking, computer coding, rapping, martial arts, piano playing, oil painting, and so on.

    Since that book, the theory has been a bit more fleshed out by more recent studies, that bring 'deliberate practice' into the equation. In this special Creativity Tip episode I explain and explore the implications of this compelling theory. And most importantly: how to apply it in your life.

    Here is a link to the original 1993 research paper by Anders Ericsson: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1993-40718-001

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    If you'd like to become a patron of Creative Codex and gain access to all of the Creativity Tip episodes, as well as Episode Exclusives, head on over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian

    Thank you for your support!

    Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian

    Let's connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/

    And Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian

    • 13 min
    23: Vincent van Gogh • The Ear Incident (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 2)

    23: Vincent van Gogh • The Ear Incident (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 2)

    On this special episode, we dive into the full truth about the most infamous event in art history: Vincent van Gogh's ear incident. The 'ear incident' serves as a catalyst event, which signals the onset of a mental affliction which will torment Vincent van Gogh for his final three years. Paradoxically, at the same time his mental health is in decline, his paintings are showing the signs of a creative genius. 

    Explore all of the paintings mentioned in this episode at this companion gallery: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/

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    Music featured in this episode:

    Necro-Future (Featured during the 'Vincent van Goth' section of the episode @9:43 of this episode.)

    Song written & performed by Horned Head: https://soundcloud.com/user-86360942

    Guitar / Vocals: Michael Pisano / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/papa_pisano/

    Website: https://www.michaeljamespisano.com/

    Drums: James Aqua / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/james_aqua/ 

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    If you'd like to become a patron of Creative Codex, and unlock access to all of the exclusive Creativity Tip episodes (and Episode Exclusives), head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian

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    Do your own research and explore Vincent's incredible correspondences at: http://vangoghletters.org/vg/

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    Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian

    All music by MJDorian (except as mentioned above)

    Creative Codex YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xwt3hz49VBbgqN80driTQ

    Check out my art and follow behind the scenes content about the show on my social media:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    22: Vincent van Gogh • A Strange Boy (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 1)

    22: Vincent van Gogh • A Strange Boy (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 1)

    Can madness and genius be contained in one individual? Can psychosis and the rarest artistry be contained in one mind?

    These contradictions pervade the story of Vincent van Gogh. And in the final three years of his life, they culminate in a whirlwind.

    You may think you know Vincent, you may have heard about him on a TV show or a podcast. But not like this. 

    Over the next three episodes, we will explore Van Gogh’s personal letters, doctor’s reports, police reports, and family letters, to paint a vivid picture of Vincent in his three final years, these are the years that produced his most famous and beloved works, and the years in which Vincent’s final tragic descent begins.

    Was he actually psychotic or just misunderstood? Did he really cut off his ear and commit suicide? Was he actually a creative genius or is it all just hype? Let’s find out.

    Episode Notes:

    • Here is a special gallery I made (as mentioned in the episode) where you can view selections of Vincent's paintings from 1880-1887: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/

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    • If you'd like to become a patron of the show, and receive access to all of the exclusive patron-only Creativity Tip mini-episodes, please head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian

    • Thank you for your support!

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    Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian.

    All music in this episode was written & produced by MJDorian.

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Customer Reviews

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88 Ratings

88 Ratings

beowulf@thedoor ,

Can’t Stop Listening

Tuned in to episode 11, looking for information on Carl Jung’s “Red Book,” and I was mesmerized from the start. Cannot wait to listen to the whole series.
Bravo!

FabiolaDD ,

Magnet for artists and musicians ! Historians ask well

Well shared very clear creative something I could listen to all day recommended to all people but especially musicians and artists as well as people Into history !

Amazing and very interesting! I love listening to this artist and always look forward to the next episodes!

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Wonderful

Fantastically researched and produced. Insight into the creativity which flowed — and flows — through some of history’s most profound thinkers & doers

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