136: Vera Lotar-Shevchenko ( from "The Lost Pianos of Siberia")

Vera Lotar Shevchenko was a French pianist who studied with Alfred Cortot, married a Russian - both arrested and sent to Siberia.  She survived ( her husband did not) and later in the 60's was able to record again.  There's recordings available to listen on Youtube.  I learned about this remarkable artist after reading "The Lost Pianos of Siberia" by Sophy Roberts.  

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Recording of Vera Lotar-Shevchenko playing Beethoven op.111

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135: Messiaen bird songs whimsical synthesis recreation

Messiaen considered birdsong a divine source of inspiration, one that happily coincided with his interests as a composer (tritone harmony, extended melodic reach, ametrical rhythmic patterns).

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134: meditation notes - "hack the under-mutter"

The mind produces an ongoing chatter - what my teacher calls the "undermutter".  Neither good nor bad, meditation practice puts this noise into perspective but also lets us question the content.  That's the hack.  Have a listen, let me know if you have any questions.

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133: thoughts on electromagnetic art

Some thoughts on a project I'm starting....to create a map of  the Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic forms on Penn ave ( Pittsburgh).  My initial curiosity; the interesting challenges of archiving and organizing information; and some speculation on the final output.

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132: The Aesthetic Object

One of the phrases I like to use is to call a 'Thing' an 'Aesthetic Object'.  The 'Aesthetic Object' compels a confrontation with the vectors of scale through the human imagination.  

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131: reading Larkin "Required Writing"

"Required Writing" is a collection of journalism written by the poet Philip Larkin.  I picked up a copy because included in the book is a transcript of an interview he gave with The Observer newspaper...I'd seen the interview referenced elsewhere and wanted to read the whole thing.  

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130: After an unintended hiatus

Welcome back.  I didn't intend to stop podcasting for the last month and I return with renewed inspiration.  The music, poetry and meditation that I talk about in this podcast helps me to examine my life.  I think it's really important to have things like that  as companions in the imagination - to frame experience, articulate experience perhaps seek out specific types of experience.  I hope  this podcast helps you identify similar connections.

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129: meditation notes - what is the good of renunciation?

Renunciation is not denial.  It is the embrace of creativity.  the first step towards experiencing the nature of Mind.  

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128: modular synthesis, control voltage and a bit of Marshal McLuhan

One way of describing modular synthesis is to look at the studio as oscillators,  filters and envelopes  modulated by control voltage. To paraphrase Marshal McLuhan we flip to the simultaneous and extend the ganglia of our nervous systems when we compose in the electronic studio.  

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127: what is 'pataphysics?

I learned a new word over the weekend..'pataphysics.  The apostrophe is intentional and I presume silent when spoken.  Do you know anything about 'pataphysics?  If you do, please let me know what your study involves.

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