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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126: meditation notes - positive thinking ( why not choose strength, understanding and compassion)

We all live in a landscape ( inner and outer) where negative emotions like anxiety, despair, anger reside right next to deep compassion, strength and understanding.  Positive thinking begins with simple affirmations and extends to transformational visions ( with a passing reference to Albert Camus, of course!)

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125: Field recording (remix the world)

We live in this ecstatic wash of sound!  Field recording - going out in to the world with a tape recorder - lets me capture specific sounds that end up in my music.  Sometimes those references are apparent in the finished music.  Other times, the source provides a hidden richness of harmony and timbre often far beyond what I could create independently in the synthesizer.   

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124: Debussy (music without motifs)

The composer Claude Debussy is quoted as saying "I would like to see, and I will succeed self in producing, music which is entirely free from 'motifs', or rather consisting of one continuous 'motif' which nothing interrupts and which never turns back on itself".  Why would he say such a thing?  What does it mean?  And what can we as listeners expect when confronted with music that is never interrupted?  (Yes, there will be an obligatory reference to Heraclitus).

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123: meditation notes. Physical props, mental aspiration (and a poem by Emily Dickinson)

What to do when the body struggles with the meditation posture?  Give it the support it needs, the props you need.  The body itself is a prop, after all....being manifest in the body is what allows us to practice sitting meditation!  Ends with a reading of a poem by Emily Dickinson ( The Props assist the House...)

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122: George Butterworth, adumbrated

The kinora was an early form of home entertainment.  If you've ever marked the corners of a book, then flipped through the pages to watch your doodles come to life - that's essentially how a kinora worked. There's a film of George Butterworth ( British composer, folk song collector) where he dances a Morris dance recorded in the silence of Kinora.  There's a distinct feeling to the adumbrated object.  Absence evokes a wierd kind of presence. It is the absolute most precise distillation of the object

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121: reading Larkin ( Faith Healing)

There's a deliberately ambiguous comma ( or missing comma) towards the end of 'Faith Healing', a poem which captures so much of Larkin's obsessions...including magisterial punctuation.  

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120: meditation notes - remember the end state ( and start from there)

At the end of a meditation session I often feel a sense of comfort, familiarity and insight.  I'd like to be able to package that up and send it back to the 'me' that started the session.  The pattern in a 30 minute meditation session recapitulates ( and anticipates) the pattern of a lifespan.  May this also be useful to you.

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