Monthly Archives: April 2016

april 25

It was a beautiful evening last night (summer-like outdoors as well as inside) which I think helped the gathering achieve a very laid back, dare I say “tropical” feel. Next time we’ll fire up those ceiling fans for sure. After … Continue reading

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april 18

It was an amazing session tonight, marked by an overall mellow and exploratory spirit. The post-breathing meditation chanting continued to explore not only various harmonies but timbres as well: The rhythmic jam explored with a cowbell: We then launched into … Continue reading

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april 11

Last night’s evening sky was fairly amazing: blue sky, pink clouds, yellow sun reflecting everywhere. After so many grey days it was rejuvenating, and I think it had a positive effect upon what we did at the gathering. During our … Continue reading

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the via negativa

Compare the following passages which come from two individuals who lived in different times and places: Huang Po, a zen master who lived during the Tang dynasty; and Dionysius the Areopagite, a Neo-Platonist who lived around the fifth century C.E. in … Continue reading

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april 4

We had a full house last evening, so much so that seating became an issue (it was a good chance for me to try out the bolsters, and to stand and play). We began by reflecting a bit on the … Continue reading

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air 2

Following on the heels of last week’s post regarding the use of air in producing sound I’d like to share a few sound sculptures which do just that. One interesting feature of all of the following is that if you didn’t … Continue reading

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painting with sound 1

Think about the following two phrases: painting with sound and making music. Do they mean the same thing? Is it useful to make a distinction like this? To answer these questions we have to be sure what it is we mean … Continue reading

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