Transcend means to rise above and go beyond. The idea is that the music
itself goes beyond preceding music and listening to this music helps you
transcend whatever local concerns that might preoccupy you. Some classical music
always had transcendent qualities which emerge from quiet beauty, sustaining
I began to
appreciate that the listener can be a very creative person in the mix of
composer-performer-listener. The essence of healing music is not just a calming
or soporific effect, but an opportunity for the listener to participate and
create. This opportunity requires space between sounds, gradual transitions and
nuanced understanding of the brain processing of sound. I use the Korg M3
Karma to generate complex polyrhythms that combine arpeggios, scale passages and
chord changes played on the keyboard.
Listen to Transcend 1
Listen to Transcend 2
The idea of "new" has to be updated continuously. Someone many years ago decided that modern had ended,
referring to "postmodern" architecture, art and music. But the term modern, like
new, properly used, describes a continuously advancing wave of events that must
be updated continuously. In the history of music, each musical "genius" added his own innovations so
that the ideas that drove musical composition progressed, despite the resistance
of patrons and audiences.
There were different schools of progressive music. Composers of symphonic
works dabbled in new scales and dissonances; audiences expecting more Mozart and
Beethoven were not pleased. Similar notions of scale experimentation emerged in
modern jazz. As synthesizers evolved along with computer composition (sequencers) all
possibilities became possible.
Music styles have interbred and proliferated beyond anyone's ability to classify and defend
musical styles in a meaningful way. The proliferation of styles is supported
by the internet and unprecedented music distribution network that erases many
boundaries and permits aspiring musician to seek direct access to audiences.
The results are often far from good music as rhythmic noise competes with thoughtful compositions.
Persona Music Recordings: Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances
under the titles Persona Digital, P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort.
Music online is offered to illustrate music history, advance music education and appreciation. The recordings presented online demonstrate Persona
Studio's arranging, recording and mastering techniques. All the recordings are
arrangements and performances completed in house by Stephen Gislason. The music selections and their history
are explained in the book, Sound of Music.
Persona Digital publishesa series of books on current topics in
music, psychology, neuroscience and philosophy. eBooks and can be downloaded to
any destination on the planet. eBooks can be quickly downloaded at reduced cost as PDF files.