Archive for June, 2012

I sit o’ercanopied with Beauty’s tent,

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
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Through which flies many a golden-winged dove,
Well watched of Fancy’s tender eyes up bent;
A hundred Powers wait on me, ministering;
A thousand treasures Art and Knowledge bring;
Will, Conscience, Reason tower the rest above;
But in the midst, alone, I gladness am and love.

I was reading this on Friday, and was struck particularly by the line;

“A hundred powers wait on me ministering.”and considered the obvious and wonderful powers in Art and Knowledge which GM lists in this poem, along with Will, Conscious and Reason, I thought about the power of the warm sunshine which the Lord sends to me, enfolding and warming me, what a gracious gift in being ministered to like this…then the power of the soft breeze wafting around the corner – causing the large green trees to sway and wave as well as cooling my brow…the wind blows where it may, almost as if to say “I am here to serve you, and the I am off to my next call”. The beautiful, powerful seemingly infinite numbers of plants and animals which surround me, birds singing, dragonflies on the hunt for prey moving with such deadly precision that our latest greatest technology is clumsy by comparison. The power of my sight, heartbeat, intellect, muscular abilities, digestive, cardio- vascular, aural all working in harmony without my bidding, white blood cells fending off attack…gravity keeping me firmly in place, …a house – filled with goods, a safe neighborhood with law and justice being administered – to say nothing of the power of Jesus Christ destroying the disposition of sin in my life – and replacing that with the power of his Holy Spirit! Wow, I have to say, it is amazing to think on, and notice the multitude of powers at my service, given by my great and loving Lord!

new music > oh my Lord, liquid synth, badditude

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
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ok so this week I am putting up some bonus audio (2 pieces), sharing a little of what I experiment from time to time, I am also sharing a spectral frequency display which to my eyes is quite beautiful…and also a new song which brings me to the following;

First up is “oh my Lord”…stompin kick, disco bass, a harmonica solo, wah wah guitar, cheezy synth and even a cowbell…my daughter said it was “different” – could be a bad omen 😮

oh my Lord
oh my I cry dear Lord wont you please help me
I’m just a poor sinner dear Lord won’t you set me free
just send that ‘ol devil away beyond the light
I’m just gonna praise your holy name that’s right

oh my Lord a brand new chord help me sing
oh my Lord with your word let the praises ring

when I’m lookin at this world it’s broken bad
seein and feelin all this pain and sorrow makes me sad
I don’t have so much to offer lord this is true
but your spirits a gift through me the best from you

oh my Lord a brand new chord help me sing
oh my Lord with your word let the praises ring
oh my Lord the Spirits good sonic wing
oh my Lord people have heard you’re my King

harmonica solo

oh my Lord a brand new chord help me sing
oh my Lord with your word the praises ring
oh my Lord the Spirits good sonic wing
oh my Lord people have heard you’re my King

Next up:a short experiment which paired a somewhat funky bass line with a lovely (IMO) synth, I really like the fluid quality of the sound, it almost pours out of the speaker with high fidelity audio (32 bit) but hey, you can have an inkling of how it sounds with the mp3, I also wanted a pretty dry drum sound with a dancing kik drum which works all righty too

Finally; a nasty noisy driving piece I call badditude, folks this is ugly…crunchy leads with off key harmonic distortion, fatttt low end synth bass ya’ know. One of the challenges on this was to keep it noisy yet clean…the image below is a sampling spectral frequency display from this song (click to enlarge)

cool spectral frequency display from badditude

cool spectral frequency display from badditude

music > do you agree?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
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I was reading in Luke 15 about the prodigal son (I actually have the Durer print in my studio) and how when the profligate son returned (repentant) there was music and dancing. The lesson of the story is not actually what I am writing about, as much as the etymology path I ended up rambling down. The word “musick” in this context comes from the word symphonos, and as we drill down we get the word phone, and phaino – which mean sound and to bring to light respectively. So, if we look beyond the obvious meaning of music harmony in the technical sense we end up with a loose translation of “agreeing with what is brought to light”. Do you agree with what you hear musically (generally speaking)? Do you listen to a lot of things you disagree with purely from a “music appreciation” perspective? What kind of music would you listen to that would give you the deepest sense of agreement? Is it possible to completely disagree with a music and still enjoy it? Being that from a scientific standpoint music is vibrations – when we “vibrate” at different intervals – we facilitate excitement, sadness, longing etcetera…is there an inherent truth to ones “agreement” even if on a subliminal level and truth in their essence? Just thinking out loud.

intermission fishin v2

Friday, June 15th, 2012
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added some bass and drums….what?

Pieter Bruegel > Pride

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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The original drawing, dating 1557, is in Paris, collection of Frits Lugt (Foundation Custodia). Click to enlarge.

Pride personified is a haughty royal lady, in rich court dress, “looking down her nose” at the world while she admires her image in the mirror. Tolnay points out Pride’s garments were high fashion for Bruegel’s period, whereas the other allegorical figures in the Sins series were clad in styles identified with the early fifteenth century.. (more…)

intermission fishin

Monday, June 4th, 2012
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…too many plates spinning at the moment, but while you wait I put this little “in between” intermission piece – go on and grab some popcorn while you have a chance.

When thou dost send out whirlwinds on thy seas,

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
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Alternatest thy lightning with its roar,
Thy night with morning, and thy clouds with stars
Or, mightier force unseen in midst of these,
Orderest the life in every airy pore;
Guidest men’s efforts, rul’st mishaps and jars,–
‘Tis only for their hearts, and nothing more.