Category Archives: Ideas

experiencing “new” music: quarter tones

When we make use of (musical) sound creatively it’s not a bad idea to expose ourselves to as much music as possible. And as much sound as possible, for that matter. In being exposed to new styles and systems of … Continue reading

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talking about dot, dot, dot…with steve cleaver

This is the second installment in the series “Talking About Dot, Dot, Dot…” where I have the privilege to sit and talk with people about matters of creativity, spirituality, and just living life in general. Today I had the great … Continue reading

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experiencing “new” music: steve reich

This is another series I’m starting with a view to opening us all up to “new” music. The word new is in quotes because one could only consider this music as having been created recently if we were employing the timescale … Continue reading

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talking about dot, dot, dot…with jim mckinney

This post kicks off a new series entitled, “Talking About Dot, Dot, Dot,” where I have the privilege to interview various people on their thoughts about music, spirituality, creativity, and and how all of that ties into living life both … Continue reading

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chanting hebrew words using tarot cards

This post might seem very esoteric, and while it is based in Western esoteric tradition it’s really just an extension of what we’ve been talking about regarding chanting, and trying to find ways to make chants meaningful to us personally. There is … Continue reading

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meaningful chanting: drones

I think it’s important when we chant that it is somehow meaningful to us. There are many mantras that are beneficial to chant (aum, om mani padme, etc.) as they not only have a special recognized meaning but they also … Continue reading

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a plug for silence

A worthwhile read:           click here for the article.

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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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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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