Before we proceed with this post, it is worth noting that there have been some small changes in Steven Maheu’s main Elements of Creative Force document.  The updated document can be found here:

Primary Elements and explanation3

Today’s post is going to be short on my end, because Steven has devised an exercise for you to try, using the above image and the following walk-through.   This first exercise focuses on combining elements and hearing them.  It is quite a unique compositional experience, and is both a novel way to approach composition for many of us, and also a fascinating bit of insight into another composer’s “head” and process.

But enough of me; here is the exercise (your “homework”):

Combination exercise

Let me know in the comments below how this exercise went for you!