Tuesday, 10 February 2015


Album - The Three Cities

The next city along the journey is Tlön. For some reason, I thought that this city would be bleak and sparsely inhabited even though there is nothing to suggest this in the Borges story. I imagined a city where most of the structures had crumbled leaving only the plumbing somewhat intact. This would result in a landscape of rubble from which lattices of old pipe reluctantly emerge in repeating rows like a lead and copper vineyard. (The picture below doesn't depict this idea. But bleak and sparsely inhabited is certainly conveyed nicely.)

I was listening to King Crimson and some Porcupine Tree when putting this one together. So these influences plus the mental picture produced a little strangeness and perhaps some dissonance in the music.

Art from http://www.futuretimeline.net/forum/topic/8843-dystopian-picturesvideos/
Spoken words recorded from Anime Series Haibane Renmei


Thursday, 22 January 2015


CD - The Three Cities

The first city in the narrator's journey. A peaceful place where natural things are invited to prosper.

Artwork from Japanese manga series Non Non Biyori, written and illustrated by Atto.
Spoken words recorded from Anime Series Haibane Renmei

Friday, 16 January 2015

A Dream, A Desire, A Decision

CD - The Three Cities

Long ago, an unsettled soul first dreams, desires, and then finally decides to set out on a journey of self-discovery. Three different cities present themselves as destinations along the way. The central guitar riff in his song is intended as a joyful marching melody that signifies the beginning of the trek. The slower parts reveal the fear and uncertainty that might be associated with venturing into the unknown.

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Painting Copyright ©artist Wang Jian-Qiu

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Moments in the Mind

CD - Moments in the Mind

Each mind is different and can ultimately only be certain of its own existence. But it seems to me that we draw way too much comfort and joy from other minds for them to be only figments of our own making.

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Saturday, 28 December 2013


CD - Moments in the Mind

Biological networks are interdependent and densely connected like a neural net. It seems like all things share a common architecture.



Chameleon on a Mirror

CD - Moments in the Mind

What color would a chameleon on a mirror change to? This question is a theoretical exercise in discussing feedback dynamics which have a role in iterative systems. These dynamics perhaps have some bearing on the emergence of consciousness and other novel behavior from a grey lump of neural matter.

Sketch modified from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Chameleon_%28PSF%29.jpg


CD - Moments in the Mind

One strange behavior of the mind is inner conflict. The capacity for reason allows conflicting ideas to emerge from the same mind - even ideas that are unliked and unwanted by that same mind.

Picture: by RealAxis @ http://realaxis.deviantart.com/art/Inner-Conflict-159173927
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