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  • November 2014: Rosetta Mission Comet Probe

    November 12, 2014 15:53

    Back in 2010 I had the privilege of writing the film score for a movie about the Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet. To make this film, Lego contributed what looks like a dump-truck worth of Legos to simulate the comet, build a model of the lander, etc. My favorite moment in the film is when an astrophysicist lady — someone whom you wouldn't normally associate with displays of passion ...  (more)

  • September 21, 2014: Mechanical Organs

    September 21, 2014 10:30

    Andante (K616) for Mechanical Organ W.A. Mozart (1756–1791)

    Fugue in Gm J.A. Reinken (1643–1722)

    An 'automaton' is a mechanical device (no electronics!) that generally does something humans would normally do. The word first appears in Homer in the 5th century B.C.E. (referring to automatically opening doors), and the ancient Greeks were quite adept at ... (more)

  • New Book: Musical Gematria

    November 04, 2013 06:48

    I've just completed a book on 'musical gematria' — near as I can tell, the first on the topic. And what might 'musical gematria' be, you ask? My blurb from the back cover explains:

    Musical Gematria In modern times we are accustomed to one set of characters for writing words (the alphabet ‘A’ through ‘Z’) and another for writing numbers (the digits ‘0’ through ‘9’). The ancient Greeks and Hebrews, however, used the alphabet for both words and numbers. So their numbers looked like strange words, and their words looked like strange numbers. And every word naturally had a numeric value. The study of these numeric values of words is called ‘gematria’ (“geh-MAY-tree-uh“).

    The ancients put gematria to use: they apparently used numeric values of the names of Greek gods as dimensions in the Parthenon. And Jewish mystics in the Middle Ages studied the meanings of the numeric values of the Hebrew names of God.

    This book presents a way of doing ‘musical gematria’ that takes words or phrases in general and names in particular, and generates graceful and musically useful themes. It uses an elegant method that honors the ancient traditions of gematria while incorporating modern insights.

    ISBN: 978-1-940630-02-1

    40 pages. $US 9.95.

    You can order it from Amazon (Click here)

    Or, if you order it directly from me I can autograph it for you. (Click here).

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