Today this was automatically published in the Diary:
We practice to create space. This is true for playing a musical instrument, but applies to everything else as well, I think. Practicing creates familiarity. Familiarity creates intimacy.
When we practice playing a piece of music or a scale, we train our brain by using our body. We scrub those neural pathways by moving our fingers. And that creates space. If moving from this note to that note has been trained and ingrained, we no longer have to think about that move and are free to consider other or additional moves. If moving from point A to point B has become utterly natural, then I have established space between those two points in which I can make additional moves. Or, imagine jumping from a rock to another rock. Once that jump has become easy, we might add a turn, a twist or a salto. In music, we might add a new note, a trill, a tremolo, a vibrato… We have created space (or time) in which to make additional moves – or choose not to! The more natural that jump or that piece of music becomes, the more space we have created. Then we have more time and more choice.
I find it important that the space we have thus created should not necessarily be filled with additional notes as we can use that space to embue the sound with more intent or emotion instead. When we no longer have to work at getting to the next note or musical sound, we can enjoy playing the current note with complete conviction.
From time to time I select posts for automatic re-broadcast and then I forget about them and am surprised to see them. This one was a nice surprise.
Here is more about my adventures with High Resolution sound – from last night:
Right now I am listening to an HD version of Jon Hassell’s album Fascinoma (((one of my favorite albums))), which I downloaded in 24/88.2 FLAC format from HDTracks. The whole album in 24/88.2 FLAC quality was $15.98.
For playback I am using Songbird:
Songbird – Open Source Music Player
Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that’s under active development.
We’re working on creating a non-proprietary, cross platform, extensible tool that will help enable new ways to playback, manage, and discover music. There are lots of ways to contribute your time to the project. We’d love your help!
Songbird is a free open source application that is available for Mac, Linux and Windows. It plays back a bunch of different file formats including FLAC files in 16 and 24 bit, from 44.1 to 96kHz. Very nice.
This Tech Manifesto by the Water Lily label, who recorded and released Fascinoma is pretty entertaining. I don’t agree with it, but have to say that the album does sound damned fine. Here is wikipedia entry.