Patrick’s Piano

How Technology Imitates Nature

“Nature is the original Internet. Nature is some kind of interconnected, communicating, data routing, self-regulating, non-equilibrium system.” – Terence McKenna.

Released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Terence McKenna appears courtesy of the Psychedelic Salon Podcast 574 – “Countdown Into Complexity” Part 2.

Music performed and recorded in one improvisational take.

Enchantment

I prefer to play relaxing piano music late at night as a way to wind down before going to sleep. This melody was improvised as it was performed on 3/24/19.

AIR

This joyful melody came to me as one singular improvised take. The magic and mystery of making music is that you never know what’s going to happen next, even as the composer. For the graphic I enjoyed the sharp contrast of having air being represented as bubbles in water. The Japanese text for ‘FREEDOM’ appears in the center of the bubble ring. #H20

A New You Shines Through

This improvised melody arrived fully formed and ready to go. My unabashed love of 9th chords shines through in this tune. The graphic features a broad range of gender possibilities which are open and available to all to explore. 

Free @ Last

In 1999 I celebrated Martin Luther King Day with an improvised piano recording performed with audio from Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on August 28, 1963. This fusion of improvisational composition and historical audio allows for the emotion of the moment to shape the direction of the music.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” 

– Martin Luther King, Jr.