Persona Digital has two personalities: a book publisher and a music composing
and recording studio. Persona Digital Publishes a series of books on current
topics in psychology, sociology, neuroscience, ecology, music and philosophy. The author of the books and creator of the music recordings isStephen Gislason.Alpha Online is
a related website where you can order printed books for mail delivery and download eBooks.
The first book in this series, Human Nature, presents essential knowledge of
human nature, a 21st century description of anthropology, neuroscience, sociology and psychology -
disciplines that need to be integrated as they are in this book. The topics are
essential to understanding human nature, its origins and its problems. You could
treat each topic as module of a larger system that develops emergent properties
as the modules interact. Each reader discovers the features of human nature in
himself or herself and then discovers similar features in others. After you
understand more about the dynamics of close relationships, you can look at
larger groups. You can continue by applying your insights into human dynamics to
governments, countries and international affairs. All the Persona Digital books
describe the same dynamics but emphasize different vantage points, contributions
from different disciplines and the needs of different readers. Taken together,
the books provide a comprehensive understanding of human nature.
At Persona, hardware and software sound production achieves the best sounds
and continues to offer abundant opportunities to create instruments, explore
psychoacoustics and develop and understanding of sound physics. All composing,
editing and mixing are done with software; in two computers with multicore CPUs,
8 GB RAM and fast SATA hard drives. My studio setup varies with the project. The
essential tools are the , The EMU Proteus 2500 and a computer with Sonar
software. MIDI information flows from the keyboard to the computer where it is recorded and edited in Sonar. Sonar sends the revised
MIDI information to the Proteus and other sound modules which play the music. The
Audio out from the sound modules returns to the computer (as digital audio) where it
is recorded on audio tracks in Sonar.
Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances both original music
written by Stephen Gislason and new arrangements and performances of popular tunes. We cover many
different styles from different countries. Stephen says: "I treat the chosen
songs as classics that exemplify an aspect of popular music that emerged in the 1950s. Many bands and musicians that were popular in the 60s and 70s have been
resurrected to play concerts for "baby boomers' who feel strongly about popular
songs they heard as teenagers and young adults. We all have grey hair and have
more wrinkles, but musical enjoyment is ageless.
Jazz - The band has followed the path of modern jazz, starting with bebop
as invented by Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The path leads to Miles
Davis and the talented musicians who played with him and then
proceeded on their own innovative paths. Stephen is a trumpet player as well as
a keyboardist and synthesizer expert; his arrangements favor trumpet, flugelhorn
and electronic keyboards.
Stephen enjoys arranging and recording the music of Mexico, Central and South
America. In Brazil, Tom Jobim, de Moraes, Mendonça, an others developed Samba
and Bossa Nova styles that spread to the US and Europe. Argentina contributed
the Tango. Dances, rhythms and melodic styles emerged as energetic fusion
elements in jazz and popular music in the rest of the world.
Popular Songs Stephen has chosen some of the best popular songs created in recent times, from several
countries: The musical range is great but the elements of the best songs are enduring - creative composing, good lyrics, good arrangements, excellent singers and the
Digital Bach for the 21st
are recordings derived from the complete works of JS Bach,
edited, transcribed and arranged for synthesizer by Stephen Gislason and
recorded at Persona Digital Studio. The project began in 2006, revised
recordings have been issued for 2017.
The Counterpoint for Genius series is a collection of four albums that has
evolved over several years though experimentation with a number of
transcriptions of Bach pieces, many from the religious Cantatas, mixed with
different voicing and, different tempos and transpositions. Mozart has received
the most attention as the composer of smart music. Bach excels. Stephen wrote:" I discovered that JS Bach's counterpoint, probably the most
elegant expression of well considered complexity; if presented with clear
definition of interacting voices, counterpoint becomes a delightful form of
Art of the Fugue (Die Kunst der
Fuge, BWV1080)is a collection of Johann Sebastian Bach' last compositions.
Stephen wrote: "I wanted to achieve a version of the Art of the Fugue different
from other versions. I believe I have reached an understanding with Bach and Gould, that these pieces have a special
quality that cannot be contained in any individual's opinion of them. "
New MusicStephen stated:" I consider a variety of ideas for new music in the
21st century and offer some examples as new music emerges in my studio. I
have experimented with sound production, algorithmic composition, and every
strategy that has emerged to enable beginners and experts alike to assemble
sounds in ways that seem meaningful to them. I have been interested in
hypnotic sounds, cool jazz, trance dance, chill, new age soothing music, and
minimalist composers such as Philip Glass. A meaningful inquiry into the
possibilities for authentic new music will involve philosophy, neuroscience,
acoustic science, technology, and an understanding of human nature.
concerned when people listen to good quality recordings with inferior
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