Some Music

20 07 2011

I’ve put some of the more self-indulgent music I made last winter out on the internet through the usual channels.  They’re attempts to explore concepts, not exactly something akin to what I listen to recreationally.  Nor are they really representative of “where I’d like to go.”  I’m going to post the links here, and generally be done with them.

 

They can be streamed or downloaded for free here.

If you really like trippy electronic stuff, and should you for some reason feel compelled to pay for music in this day and age, you can do that here.

 

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Distribution

20 07 2011

Getting music into the world is supposedly easier than it’s ever been.

I’m not sure how recordings were ever distributed before. Frankly, it’s a miracle that anyone has ever tried to be an “artist” for a living.

That being said, I’m wholly absorbed in actually trying to finish some projects, and make publicly available the ones I have finished.

More to come.





Environment

11 06 2011

Environment is important.

Camp rehearsals.  My hatred for fluorescent lighting leads us to explore any and all ways to make an industrial laboratory “cozy.”

It would be quite possible for me to spend 3/4ths of my budget at fabric and hardware stores.  just for musical spaces.  There are good vibes in this room, and that makes practicing fun.

 





Books

17 05 2011

Pastoral types always like to talk about books they’ve read recently.  I figure, why not follow the crowd?

In Groups:

As a church staff, we recently finished Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero.  I found it to be just alright-ish.  This may be because I’m jaded by my Bible college experiences, and was assigned lots of this kind of stuff during my five year undergrad tour.  Because we read it as a group and discussed it in smaller circles, some good things came out of it.  If you’ve never read anything about spiritual disciplines or acting like a reasonable person in your Christian life, you might start here.

With some of my fellow staff and volunteers, I’m going through Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals by F. Alton Everest.  This is pretty awesome.  It’s an accessible approach to understanding sound and how our ears work.  My life goal is to make worship music not suck, and this is giving our group a bit of collective vocabulary that lets us explore ways to do that.  I would highly recommend this for group study for any band or audio team.

In the Water Closet:

We’ve been passing copies of Love Wins by Rob Bell around the office.  As far as I’m concerned, anyone who claims to like C.S. Lewis should probably refrain from chastising Rob Bell with regards to the whole heaven/hell thing.  This was a pretty good book.  When people used to say they struggled with the notions of heaven and hell, I would recommend The Great Divorce as something to chew on.  For anyone under 25, I’ll probably throw this book their way first.

Mastering Audio by Bob Katz is pure audio nerd-ery.  I know approximately six people who will love this book, and two of them already have it.  For the other four… you know who you are.  Get it.  The rest of you should probably move along.  I can tell I’d have to read it three times to start to fully appreciate it.  I’m less than halfway through number one.

It’s been a few years, so I’m re-reading The Republic.  It’s rarely pleasant.  It is, however, good for you.   Like chewable vitamins.  I wish everyone had to read this in order to get into college, or maybe to vote.  And not just because I’ve read it.  I wish someone had made me read this before I grew up.  I’m looking at you, teachers.

Fiction:

I read fiction before I fall asleep.  Most recent notables:

Neuromancer by William Gibson:  Prescient.  Trippy.  heavy-handed.  You’d have to really like Sci-Fi for this one.

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain:  I read an abridged version of this when I was young.  They cut out all the social commentary.  I have more mixed feelings about this book than anything I’ve read in the past year.  It can be found free in ebook form.  I learned a great deal about America.

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks:  Great.  Another hard sci-fi author I’ll have to explore completely.  This is going to take a while.  Not for the faint of heart.





Ordination

16 05 2011

I’ve decided to pursue ordination at my church.  It’s a good process, and challenging.  It also involves quite a bit of writing.  I’ve also found that free iPad apps are not a good place to store your important documents.  After spending a bit of last week carving out pages of carefully worded thoughts, I lost all of it.  At least there’s no deadline.

I may throw some randomness up here in the near future.  I’m a bit preoccupied with this other writing this month.





7 05 2011

Cliches are thought conversions.
Cliches are relatively efficient.
Cliches resonate within language.
Language is evolutionary.
As matter changes its physical state, its frequency/capacity for resonance can change.
Or it might not.
A conductor’s capacity for resonance depends on its state.
Worship is human creation.
Worship affects humans.
Worship may affect God?
“Cliche for a reason” is a cliche.
The previous thought is a feedback loop.
In our universe, matter changes state constantly.
In our universe, matter is conserved.
Our capacity for observation is limited.
Worship is ritual.
Worship is creative.
Music is corporate.
We are made of star stuff.  -Carl Sagan
We are made of memes.
Worship is a function (or product?) of language.
Language is a function of biology.
Culture is a product of biology.
None of the above is wholly efficient.
Energy that is a byproduct of imperfect conversion affects other open systems.
Entropy is real.
Entropy affects cliches.





5 05 2011

Music is organized sounds and silences. -John Cage
Worship is resonating with God.
The universe is a conductor of resonances.
The church is a conductor of God.
Physics are the laws of our perceptions.
Worship is a feedback loop.
Human creation is modulation.
Creation is a carrier.
Biology is a series of energy conversions.
Every converter has limited efficiency.
In our universe, energy is conserved.
Resonance is harmonic, and subharmonic.
Proximity is a factor in every force calculation.
Music is communicative.
Music is biological.
Music is physical.
Music is organized temporally.
Music is a collection of modulated energy conversions
Culture is evolutionary.
Culture is biologically efficient.
God is big.
Cultures are resonant?
Waves are additive. They can amplify or cancel out.
Cultures are additive.
Music is noise.
Noise is everywhere
Cultures are parallel and sequential.
So are waves.
So are resonances.