Friday, June 27, 2008

Hast Seen the White Whale?

Today I finished reading Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville.

A great book, but it includes some descriptions that I found rather dry. But the book is on the whole, a great read, with a great style and good adventure.

Peter

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The End of The World, Again

The concert went well. "Stoked" is about the right word, I believe.

If the world actually ends soon, then it wasn't me! I was being facetious, really!

;)

Peter

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fusion concert

Those of you who read this from Facebook will probably realise that tomorrow is an historic day for me: my first premier as a professional composer. Well, 'professional' as in, I was commissioned, not that I make my livelihood from it.

It's not true to say that I've always wanted to do something like this, but maybe I've wanted to do something like this for half-ish of my life.

When I invite people, it's to let them share in my pride (or suffer my arrogance, as the case may be). It means a lot to me, that I invite the people close to me, so that they have an opportunity to see an important part of my life.

Whether you come or not, for whatever reason, I hope that at least you can rejoice with me that one of my dreams is being fulfilled.

Peter

Monday, June 23, 2008

Faith

"For I know the plans I have for you," declared the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

Peter

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Zimbabwe

My heart goes out to Zimbabwe. It's a great country that is currently poorly managed.

Zimbabwe really needs divine help. If you are a praying man or a praying woman, I ask you to join me in petitioning God for this country.

What can we do for Zimbabwe?

Peter

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Shortest Day of the Year and the Longest Musical Project of My Life

Today is an historic day in the history of me. I am mastering my latest and largest music project to date: Industrial Sector. I've been working on the mastering for a bit now, and I've asked questions like "What is the right frequency balance?", "How long is an album?", "Can I add X without disturbing my carefully qualified artistic balance?"

It is also the shortest day in my 2008.

Peter

Unhealthily Cold

What is unhealthily cold?

My flatmate has proposed the definition that "when you can see your breath, it is unhealthily cold."

I got some yoghurt out of the fridge and I was like, hey, this is warm! But actually if it's less than 4 degrees C, then the fridge might be warmer than outside the fridge.

As for me, I think this must be unhealthily cold. Cool like a night in the fridge.

Peter

Friday, June 20, 2008

And Here It Is


Check it out -- "New Directions."

Actually, the piece is called "The End of the World, Again." But any publicity is good publicity, no?

Peter

I'm in the Newspaper

I looked myself up in the dictionary, to find a blank space.
I have no Wikipedia entry to my name.
The Bible doesn't mention me directly.
I'm in the newspaper, but it's wrong.

Moby Dick doesn't tell me my purpose.
The Quran doesn't tell me my destiny.
Everything I've written, I already knew.
I'm in the newspaper, but it's incomplete.

The writing on the wall is only a warning.
The angel in the dream didn't even tell me the next move.
God has spoken but he hasn't give me the answers to the test.
I'm in the newspaper, but it's nothing new to me.

Peter

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Teachers



I might have been taught by a few teachers similar to this, you know?

A cheerful day is a good movie (Price Caspian) followed by the discovery of a new comedian.

Peter

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Options

I've been thinking about alternative lifestyles recently.

In some ways being at uni is not really similar to what 'family life' would be like. I guess I was involved (and still am involved...) with family life when I was a kid. But I mean, the other end of it.

I guess I don't really want to live in a trailer home or throw away everything and go work on a ranch in Wyoming. But I could, and it's helpful to me to think about that sort of thing.

Peter

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Axiom of Choice

When possible, mathematicians use this axiom.

But remember, you either accept or reject the Law of Excluded Middle. And if you reject it, but the decidability of the Law of Excluded Middle is in question, then have you then rejected the Law of Excluded Middle?

Peter

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Identity

Woke up this morning couldnae remember me
Who I was I couldna recall
An amnesia of identity afflictee
But when I heard the notes I remembered all

Dead in a grave like a ninety year old knave
I couldnae see the sky or feel my hands
But this one thing did really save:
Rock and roll played by a coupla bands

I heard my name in the fortissimos
I saw my face in the vibrating bass
Whispers and tears of joy sound pianissimo
When I break out and dance all nutcase

Peter