Words & Thought

Words shape thought.
Words are vessels for thought.
But words are never the entirety of thought.

Synthesizer Experiment – Halion 5 and RC48

This weekend, I had fun experimenting with Native Instrument’s RC48 Reverb plugin. The synthesizer is one I built up using Steinberg’s Halion 5.

The RC48 has a neat visualization function that looked like it should be blown up and put on full screen. The following is an improvisation I did to mess around with staccato, legato, and distorted sounds in the context of heavy reverb:

Constants & Variables (Piano & Synth Album) – 8 years in Second Life

 

For the last 8 years, I’ve been performing live music nearly every Saturday morning via the Internet. The audience at Nitida Ridge and the hostess, Bree, have been truly wonderful throughout. I am so grateful to have a neat place where I can just hang out and play music for people who enjoy it. So much of music’s draw is simply this.

I recorded the performance from October 3rd, 2015. With some small edits, here it is:

 

Simplicity

Simplicity is certainly a hallmark of maturity. But, it is not often a first step. It is a character of mastery gradually woven into our endeavors and lives.

As we attempt any new project or craft, we build supports, not fully knowing their upkeep or maintenance. How could we know? We haven’t done it before. While we could take the word of those who claim experience before us, and it is certainly important to hear their thoughts, we must also experience it ourselves. Without grounding in the self, we are without play, and therefore without mastery.

As we continue our paths of work, reviewing, repeating, and building iteration into our systems, we learn and re-learn the basics. We find new ways of constructing and creating. In the process, costs of our supports become more readily known.

Only then can we fully consider,

“Is this worth its cost for what I find meaningful?”

When asked regularly, the question prunes the gardens sown into any sought simplicity.

Sun & Stars (piano)

 

I’m trying out iTunes Connect as an artist. Here is today’s practice session:


“Sun & Stars”

 

It is a relaxing improvisation Eb major.

Do let me know if you like this method of music presentation.

 

Illusion

 

 

Time, space, and attention are three dimensions of the Universe.

But even this distinction is an illusion.

We cannot have one without the others.