A day of non-stop clerical work. Burned the audio masters, one for the CD manufacturer and one for our digital distributor, burned the data CDs with the HD FLAC files – one set for the CD manufacturer (((limited run of 100 pieces))) and one for our digital distributor (((mainly for HDTracks))). Listened to most of the CDs to make sure everything was working properly. Then I sent everything off in the afternoon for Wednesday afternoon delivery. Exciting moment, as it is every time I send a master off.
Here is the beginning of track number one:
I love the album. Recording it was a very different experience, and not just because the last album was three years in the making and this one took about three months. The approach was very different, new, fun, exciting. I already have fleeting thoughts about the next Luna Negra album, although I doubt that will happen before 2012. I imagine the basic recording process will be the same, the three of us playing together in a studio (((maybe we’ll record in my studio next time, as my main room has a different shape than Jon’s and the drumkit would sound different))) but then I want to add more instruments to the basic trio. Not on every tune, mind you, but a few tunes with, say a trumpet or a viola for example…
Next up, however, I want to get started on another solo guitar album, for release in 2011. The title I have in mind is: An Imaginary Country. That’s from a quote by Debussy, who wrote:
..if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country, that’s to say, one that can’t be found on the map.
Double CD. The first CD will contain the solo guitar recordings. The second one will contain, for lack of a better word, remixes of the music from the first CD. These “remixes” will be created from nothing but the guitar-sounds from the first CD. No other sound will be added, but we will go to town on changing and processing the guitar recordings into something completely different. One could say: CD 1 = organic, natural, naked. CD 2 = processed, GMO, layered. Ideally one should not be able to recognize that CD 2 used CD 1 as source material. Ideally they will sound like two completely different works. I’ll record in HD (((24/88.2))) again.
The first idea I had for the artwork, a few weeks ago, was a stilllife with a pear (((it’s a pair of CDs))) on the front and a photoshop-processed version of that image on the back. But instead I think I will do something with Imaginary Country, which gives me a lot of conceptual freedom. Maybe maps. I love maps… it would be interesting to create maps of the remix-process. Anyway, now that “Petals On the Path” is finished, I will start thinking more about the solo album.
Here are some of my first notes for the album, from a couple of months ago:
* A Pair
* Two of a Kind
* Two Sisters
* A Moment with Two Images
* Action & Reflection
* Playing & Reflecting
* Impulse & Reflection
* Performance & Reflection
* Per4mance &
* Movement & Contemplation
* Organic & Processed
Q Having written three trilogies, and approaching the age where some people choose to retire, do you think you’ll keep writing into a ripe old age?
A There’s evidence that some people are actually better at writing novels, over fifty. And it doesn’t feel like a job, exactly. More like an ongoing experiment of some kind.
(Via Gibson Blog)
I love that: …it doesn’t feel like a job, exactly. More like an ongoing experiment of some kind.
Tokyoflash Twitter Concept Watch Says It’s Meaningless Self-Promotional Update O’Clock
Do I have the time, you ask? No! But I do know that my friend Barry just “checked in” at Denny’s thanks to my Twitter update-pulling Tokyoflash concept watch. Let’s go rob his house!
I am loving this:
A great way to send a subtle message or birthday greeting.
Can Science Explain the Concept of Heaven? – Newsweek.com
Newberg puts forward the following scenario, which, he emphasizes, is guesswork. When people die, two parts of the brain, which usually work in opposition to each other, act cooperatively. The sympathetic nervous system—a web of nerves and neurons running through the spinal cord and spread to virtually every organ in the body—is responsible for arousal and excitement. It gets you ready for action. The parasympathetic system—with which the sympathetic system is entwined—calms you down and rejuvenates you. In life, the turning on of one system prompts the shutting down of the other. The sympathetic nervous system kicks in when a car cuts you off on the highway; the parasympathetic system is in charge as you’re falling asleep. But in the brains of people reporting mystical experiences—and, perhaps, in death—both systems are fully “on,” giving a person the sensation both of slowing down, being “out of body,” and of seeing things vividly, including memories of important people and past events. Does Newberg believe, then, that visions of heaven are merely chemical-neurological events? He laughs nervously. “I don’t know.” He laughs again. “It’s, um … I don’t think we have enough evidence to say.”
Since at least the 1980s, scientists have theorized that NDEs occur as a kind of physiological self-defense mechanism. In order to guard against damage during trauma, the brain releases protective chemicals that also happen to trigger intense hallucinations. This theory gained traction after scientists realized that virtually all the features of an NDE—a sense of moving through a tunnel, and “out of body” feeling, spiritual awe, visual hallucinations, and intense memories—can be reproduced with a stiff dose of ketamine, a horse tranquilizer frequently used as a party drug. In 2000, a psychiatrist named Karl Jansen wrote a book, Ketamine: Dreams and Realities, in which he interviewed a number of recreational users. One of them, who called himself K.U., describes one of his drug trips this way: “I came out into a golden Light. I rose into the Light and found myself having an unspoken interchange with the Light, which I believed to be God.” Dante said it better, but the vision is astonishingly the same.
I added the color and, oh my, I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. For some people, heaven is being on the back of a horse, and for some heaven is a horse tranquilizer. That might make a good bumpersticker, too. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Konstantin Grcic appointed design consultant to FC Bayern München
Dezeenwire: German magazine Form reports that industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has been appointed design consultant to German football club Bayern München – www.form.de Update 06/04/10: this was an April Fool joke and we fell for it! Hats off to Form magazine!