Monday, December 20, 2010
May the new year bring to you all what you wish, and most importantly, health and happiness to you and to those you love :)
As for Albedo and Citrinitas, they will spend those two weeks together. (yeap, the authors finally meet again) We will have the best time for sure. We hope the same for you ;)
Friday, December 17, 2010
Dear reader: I write you again, this time to give you a completely different approach to my world. As stated before, I am naturally divided among passions, and it’s very hard for me to keep my mind quiet, and since I have presented you my passion for science and its mysteries, I decided to show you another significant fraction of my essence: music.
The art of the muses, born from Eve’s own womb, together with Man, science and Faith, is the form through which all the mental chaos and metaphysical fog I live in are expressed in the most intelligible way for other humans to understand. Although not necessarily a true artist, I count on my right as a creating creature to be part of art itself, and I compose (so far, for myself only). To me, music is a powerful language, and as an instrument player, I would like to give musicians (or anyone interested) out there some tips on how I approach music and the instrument(s) myself. I warn you, however, that this presupposes that the subject is willing to approach music INTENSELY.
Rule number one: become one with your instrument. Your instrument is like your arms, your legs, your brain… Use it like it’s part of you, to do whatever you want/can do with it, just like you would with the other parts of yourself.
Rule number two: abstract and explore yourself. The further you go from your physical reality, and the closer you get to your metaphysical self, the less limits your mind will set for whatever you’re trying to create. When we dream, our brain does this by itself to add the extra color to what we see/hear/feel. This ability can be trained with complementary activities that can help improve yourself in many areas, such as meditation and reading.
Rule number three: go crazy. Another way to avoid being limited by your logic is breaking your reason’s limits. You don’t need to take any kind of psychotropic to do this, and you don’t need to be a crazy person in real life. Remember that when you sit down with your instrument and your door closed, it’s your world and nobody gets hurt. Think of whatever you want and learn not to reject it. Express whatever comes to your mind, and the less you repress it, the more it will keep coming.
Rule number four: cultivate yourself. Read, consume art, observe the world and people around you, watch the universe flowing, travel,… Do whatever you can to improve your knowledge and broaden your vision. This will greatly improve your capacities as an artist and reduce the chance of making you a boring creator.
Rule number five: discipline yourself. You want to play that melody in your head, don’t you? Then sit down, and instead of either torturing your fingers or giving up, try to understand how your mind works and set goals. Make a practicing schedule and stick to it. You’ll be amazed at the new things you will be able to do by the end of each month.
If you try to implement these rules in your artistic line of thought, you will find much more creativity and you’ll have more ease at freeing yourself as a composer and performer. If you become interested in these philosophical guidelines, I recommend that you also take a look at Steve Vai’s website and check the Martian Love Secrets section, in the Little Black Dots tab. He is my main influence both musically and ideologically. Keep enjoying the blog and see you next time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Warm regards,
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
My bookcase is my little treasure, and I believe it's a treasure in every and any home. They say that if you want to have a picture of someone's personality and interests you just need to glance at their bookcase's shelves. I wonder what will happen in a few years, when e-books will deluge our everyday life. The practical , environmental and economical benefit of 2000 titles in one piece is undeniable, but will we accomplish better and more profitable reading? Umberto Eco claims that our traditional way of reading won't change, and that the reason for this is our own nature. The shape of a book is designed in a way that comfortably serves the human visual and tactile needs. It is not easy, indeed, to read from a screen, when compared to a leaf. Moreover, the reader himself misses one thing that way, the personal and emotional contact with the book (and indirectly with it's writer): he can't grab a pen and write notes, he can't fold a page, he can't feel a certain and characteristic smell...
Nowadays, record stores resemble antique shops; people rarely buy cds. Will we witness something similar with bookshops? Will books become luxury items? And from the educational point of view, how will e-books affect learning? Too many questions to answer, lots of aspects to think of.
We may have broadened our horizons in the music industry (we replaced walkmans with ipods, cassettes with tiny USB devices filled with countless mp3 files) but listening to music is different from reading. Reading demands a certain mental concentration, a certain psychological mood, that it is not always a given factor. Time will show how we will adjust to this change. Changes have always had their pros and cons anyway.
For the time being, I enjoy being a bookworm. I like dawdling people who read at the metro station, exchanging books with my friends and discussing about them.
I don't know if books are the most loyal friends in this world as they say, but they are always great windows and gates to other worlds. I'll give an example for those who have read Harry Potter (I have it recent because of the movie): Just think of how many Hogwarts sceneries have been created in our teenage minds before the movies were out and we could have a universal picture. Millions! And that's the power of human imagination after all :)
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Friday, November 12, 2010
As I was reading a modern physics book, I stumbled upon a few theories about the group of multiple universes, or "the Multiverse", as physicists conveniently named it. Let's put aside all the theory behind this subject and I wonder something: do we really have a plan?
In this book I was reading, there was a reference to a man's relatively simple theory about this multiverse of many dimensions that go far beyond the third. In simple lines, the theory says that each dimension is like an infinite set of previous ones combined. In the zero dimension there is a point; in the first dimension, a line will contain an infinite number of points; in the second, a plane will be made of an infinite number of lines all parallel; in the third, planes will be set parallel too and create a 3D space; in the 4th there will be a hyperspace, or "time" that will contain infinite snapshots of 3D pictures... like cinema!
So what is my point? In these dimensions, everything gains parallel versions, which is very useful, because if we commit a paradox, like traveling back in time to when we didn't exist, it will be solved by getting redirected to that time, but in a universe where that isn't a paradox, a parallel universe with a distorted time line. If you take it a step further, you will easily understand that for a human being, the fourth dimension brings his life's time line, and from the fifth on, it starts to unfold into infinite versions of... himself!
This is amazing, because it means that in one more step, there is any possible life we could have had in this "plan" AND all the lives we couldn't have had, starting from where we did. This brings a problem, that has two possible solutions. We can think of it as a bad thing, because this means two things: 1. once we find out how, we can travel back and forth between dimensions, and reach our dreams easily, plus become anything anytime, predicting everything that will, would, or wasn't supposed to happen in this life, etc... 2. we wouldn't be free (things wouldn't depend on what we choose, since we would be choosing everything simultaneously, in different universes, and there would be no "unchosen" options).
From another perspective, we could see this in a more positive way: 1. in each version of ourselves, we are only aware of that same version, which will never allow us to bring knowledge from one to the other and "spoil" life. This is a bit different from having an "illusion" of freedom... it's more like a guarantee of not spoiling freedom itself, which would be a great engineering feature from whoever built all this. 2. we would not only be free, but also so free that we could even choose between being aware of ourselves in different planes of existence, broadening our freedom exponentially!
Also, here is a very interesting read suggestion for those of you interested in this subject: Fred Alan Wolf's "Parallel universes: the search for other worlds", plus the link to an explanatory video with amazing simplicity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY_ZgAvXsuw
Hope you enjoyed the little brain teaser I brought you today. Stay tuned and enjoy (don't forget to follow us)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
We have reached at a point of wasting our energy and money on redundant things. Our lives and houses are full of useless objects, our mobile phones are full of "contacts", but it seems that we need more and more communication. How nice it would be if we could observe the great example of nature : Everything happens for a reason , money doesn't buy anything , life is simple and energy is precious.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I am a woman. I reflect the female tendencies , such as feelings, emotions, moods, intuition, receptivity for the irrational, personal love and a feeling for nature. And in this blog , I'd like to share my thoughts and feelings about them.
Together with Citrinitas , I create a strong union with two paths. In the fountain of life , two streams of water flow into one basin. And in real life , we're going to share here , all those things that worth to be shared and expressed.