Archive for 2001-11

Wabi-Sabi 2

02001-11-28 @ 01:11

The book -Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers by Leonard Koren, published by Stone Bridge Press in Berkeley, contains the best description and explanation of this Japanese concept I have ever read.

Nothing stands still. Everything is in the process of either waxing, growing, being born, or waning, shrinking and dying…

Those not busy being born R busy dying – Bob Dylan
When U stop learning U begin 2 die……

Art + Physics

02001-11-23 @ 01:11

I am reading a wonderful book called Art + Physics. It concludes that Artists have often pre-saged Scientists. Intuition before knowledge. If this is true what does it mean about the future of our country? No art education in school…..might very well mean less scientific progress……

In the Arms of Love

02001-11-21 @ 01:11

We are done mixing and yesterday we started to master the lullaby album.

When I add up the actual length of the songs I get a total of 66 minutes and 33 seconds. That could be a lucky number!

I might give the album the serial number 92001, because 9 is a Chinese lucky number and because Spiral Subwave Records International was founded in the year 2001.

In the Arms of Love: Lullabies 4 Children + Adults…is an invitation to retreat in2 an aural landscape that soothes + caresses, an oasis that is relaxing but never boring. Music that is meditative + yet sensual + full of surprises. An island that is exotic + new + yet comforting + familiar…Unique instrumental soundscapes w seductive melodies. Original music w ambient atmospheres in hi fidelity. Music 4 dreaming @ all hours between night + day.

Computers in School

02001-11-20 @ 01:11

Computers in Classrooms: 30 whirring Hard Drives make quite a lot of collective noise…add to that the sound of 30 students typing and you have a serious noisefloor in the room. Do students learn more or BETTER w a computer? I am NOT talking about computer classes as everybody needs to learn about that….I mean using computers during all other classes. Have there been studies regarding this? Most of the information flows from the teachers mind via his mouth to the students mind via their ears, right? The rest is just information storage – notebooks, computers etc.
I mean if it is NOT about the teachers – student relationship then one could just study at home via the internet. I do believe that having a computer at home helps to digest the information, but does it help in the classroom? Just wondering…..

Wabi-Sabi

02001-11-19 @ 01:11

Reading:

1. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers – Leonard Koren (ISBN 1-880656-12-4)
Here are a few words from the above book which I wrote down in my laptop to keep reflecting about them:
How do you pay attention to all the necessary details without becoming fussy? How do you achieve simplicity without inviting boredom? Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry! Keep things clean and unencumbered, but don’t sterilize. Things wabi-sabi are emotionally warm, never cold…..

2. The Nautical Chart – Arturo Perez-Reverte
This is his latest novel. I have read all of the books by Perez-Reverte and would only wish to be able to read them in Spanish!

3. Mutations (ISBN 84-95273-51-9)
This book is mainly about THE CITY and includes the very interesting Rem Koolhas Harvard Project on the City.

Listening:
Canton Becker – free downloads at www.mp3.com – search for “canton”
Ronu Majumdar – Hollow Bamboo – a great flute player from India!
Arabian Travels – a very nice compilation by Six Degrees Records from San Francisco

Reverb

02001-11-18 @ 01:11

Ah, what fun it is to work in the digital domain! Some effects that used to be reserved for only the richest producers are now available for all. Let me give you an example. In the year 1983 two channels (i.e. Stereo) of Lexicon Reverb cost about $15,000-30,000. In the mid nineties two channels of TC reverb were around $5,000. Only a few were able to afford multiple reverb units in order to give the lead voice or lead instrument its own reverb completely seperate from the rest of the music. Some people had 4 or 5 such units which as you can see would be an investment of over $100,000!!

Nowadays the software versions of Lexicon and TC cost under $1,000 each and they are MORE versatile and programable than the old units…..and each has multiple channels – not just stereo……

And it is a lot of FUN to play with these reverbs…..pick a room shape….pick a size for this room…pick the height of the room…decide on the surface of the walls…etc. etc…

On the album Little Wing we used dozes of different reverbs which actually makes the album sound clearer and cleaner……and we have come up with some great new sounds for the upcoming lullaby album!!

Fear

02001-11-13 @ 01:11

I think the SUV is the result of fear.

It’s the escalation of traffic war + road rage.

Give me a tank so I feel safer on the streets. Give me something that protects me from all of the bad drivers out there! Give me something that makes me FEEL safe – even if the SUV sucks gas like no car….even if it cannot break as quickly because of its enormous weight…..even if the safety standarts of SUVs are in reality below car standarts. The Lincoln Navigator is the Urban Assault Vehicle – announced the advertisement on TV. SUVs are NOT fun to drive. I used to own one and I have driven quite a few of them, from the Ford Explorer to the Toyota Landcruiser, from the Range Rover to the Mercedes G-wagen and M class.

Sure, some people need an SUV because of their profession, but most people seems to own one because it makes them feel safer, or they like the elevated view from an SUV. In Santa Fe one sees many SUVs and most of them carry a single person… and when Winter comes SUV drivers feel invincible…..snow and ice won’t bother them…and since nobody reminds them that the weight of the vehicle will make it slide on ice no matter how good the breakes are supposed to be they drive faster than anyone else on the road…..probably driving one handed because they are making a cell phone call……

Maybe a better solution would be better education for drivers. Or maybe one could learn to drive better by taking an evasive driving course for example……

Scanning

02001-11-12 @ 01:11

I scan Everything. At last I don’t have to save all those pages torn from magazines. Places to go, art, architecture, design, ideas, recipes. Now I scan them all and can search for them on my harddrive. I also scan blossoms from my orchids + fall leaves I like. I love my scanner…

The Best Album

02001-11-11 @ 01:11

What is and has always been my best album?

The next one!!

Music Video

02001-11-07 @ 01:11

This is a quote from an interview I read with British artist Aphex Twin (Ambient Music) regarding Music Videos:

If I had a criticism it would be that it’s wrong to tie the music down to a single visual image like that.
End of quote.

Exactly!

 


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