Albums that could only have happened in the 80’s

The 80’s was a special decade in popular music as it created things that just wouldn’t or couldn’t have happened at any other time. Some of the reasons are technology, some are social. The main technologies to affect music in the 80’s were affordable Synthesizers, Samplers, and the Music Video. The social events were fear of Nuclear…

Monuments of Man

Monuments of Man started with the working title of “Temples”. While I really liked the idea of making tone poems based on temples (and other religious buildings) I also had some problems. Number one was that as an Atheist it seems slightly off-kilter to be making music about something that I don’t believe in. That said,…

Documemted Fragments – synthesizer dreams

– Life is made of fragments. Later we try to organize them into some sort of sense. Sometimes this organization is done consciously, but often it is done in REM sleep – or dreams. To me making a record is very much a record of the time I was working (to borrow from Jackson Browne).…

Impermanent Permanence

Impermanent Permanence

Central to Buddhism is the concept of Impermanence coupled with the human tendency to Attachment and the pain it brings as we try to prevent change (even for the better). A great part of Enlightenment is learning to find your own permanence in the constant flow of change that is necessary for life to fully express itself.…

Sugar

The Deconstruction of Music – possible reasons

Googling “music definition” returns: vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Odd as music doesn’t sound like that anymore. There’s Been An Awful Murder My assertion is that music has been removed from the noise that we get sold. Worse, just…