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ZenGlop
Composer and Psychogeographer
Interests: psychogeography, aesthetics, poetics, sonic structures.
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A sine wave exists only because there is a periodic trough as well as the peak. Maintaining equanimity through those transitions ( inhale/exhale...wake/sleep....birth/death) feels like a testable hypothesis. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple iTunes or Android or... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at ZenGlop
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Alan Watts wrote _The Book_ to plant a seed of an idea about the ongoing cycles in our Being. What he calls the 'head-Tailed Cat' of 'GoWithing'. How does this fit into meditation practice? Let's see!! Listen to the latest... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ZenGlop
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Marcus Aurelius mirrors Socrates in his analysis of death - - Larkin categorically ( and in quite wonderful poetry) disputes. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple iTunes or Android or download the episode directly: Listen to "165: Aurelius... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Confidence in the outcome of scrutiny, Authenticity and spontaneity will come out of the processes and practices of an examined life as surely as water on heat will boil. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple iTunes or Android... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Why would I turn my efforts towards a 'magically realistic science fiction trilogy"? What indeed! Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple iTunes or Android or download the episode directly: Listen to "163: the joy of fiction" on Spreaker.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Talking to Socrates often left his talking partners bewildered, dazzled, unsure of what any language or thought might mean. We're given the word Aporia to describe this sensation. Socrates might say that a good life is one spent seeking out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Can I create a trend line based on the resonant patterns that arise, abide and dissolve? From the smallest thought to the longest pattern I can be aware of - - if I dumped that information into a spreadsheet and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Sometimes I journal simply for the pleasure of feeling pen on paper ( an excuse to collect cool notebooks and beautiful pens). Sometimes I journal to track habits - I'm a fierce proponent of the premise that priority processes will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at ZenGlop
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I have the habit on a Saturday afternoon to pour myself a bourbon, strike a match to light a pipe of Latakia tobacco and to thus apply myself to the study of whatever enthusiasm has taken me for the moment.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at ZenGlop
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I recently rummaged through my bookshelf and came up with three books that turns out give a really nice sequence. Opening the Door to Bon by Nyima Dakota (an overview of the foundational practices for Bon Tibetan Buddhism) The Awakened... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at ZenGlop
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What are your experiences with 'writers block'? When I find myself not writing, it is rarely when I'm looking at a blank piece of paper. What gets written may end up discarded, set aside into the archeological pile of draft... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at ZenGlop
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I've been criticized for using the term ZenGlop - -that this silly word trivializes the substance and structure of my work. Fair enough, perhaps it does. But .... Reading about pre-socratic philosophers and their focus on the question of why... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Thoughts on recently finished composition for piano and electronics. Also a consideration of what it feels like inside an MRI, and whether that's sufficient aesthetic inspiration (give away the answer: "it is"). Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at ZenGlop
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We bring to each moment a set of insights, capabilities, strengths ( weaknesses) - - and even as this accumulated wisdom may be obscured by afflictive emotions, it is entirely sufficient to embrace a wise and compassionate reaction. Listen to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at ZenGlop
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If music is a still, then I am a fermented mash ready to be evaporated and precipitated out as an alchemical spirit. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple iTunes or Android or download the episode directly: Listen to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Thinking more about Socrates and his final day described in Phaedo, I asked myself what my final meal would be. Turns out....Mahler and sparkling water. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple iTunes or Android or download the episode... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at ZenGlop
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On the morning of the day when he would be executed, Socrates woke from a good night's sleep; massaged his feet; slowly placed his feet on the ground; and then spoke for the day about a good life. And you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Kathryn (otherwise known as Mrs. ZenGlop) is taking a course online with Pema Chodron, We were talking at dinner last night and one of the things she said that resonated was the gift of wonder. That as we pay attention... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Probably not. We all have slightly different physiology, and that's particularly evident in our hearing especially as we age. Hearing tests will show quite different responses to frequency range. I'm deaf in one ear and with damaged hearing in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Art - the aesthetic object, whether music, poetry, painting, landscape - stimulates a wide range of responses in us. What about art that needs to teach us what the response could be? Art that facilitates the response. Listen to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at ZenGlop
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What I've been thinking about lately is the formulation "What Would <fill in the name of your teacher> do?". It's important to have a teacher in spiritual practice. The experience, direction, instruction, guidance, support are essential. But who - or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at ZenGlop
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Welcome back to a new season of the podcast. On New Years Eve, Jean-Michel Jarre broadcast a concert set in a Virtual Reality Notre-Dame Cathedral. It was a wonderful show and resonated with the ancient, mystical architectonics of the space.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at ZenGlop
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There are no requirements to meet or hurdles that need to be overcome before we can choose to interject compassion into the immediate moment. I'll be taking a break for the end of year and I hope you are all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at ZenGlop
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I finished "Red Comet: The short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath" , a recent biography written by Heather Clark. Reading Plath's poetry is like being alive: strange, beautiful, elegant, upsetting. Tragic. Ecstatic. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at ZenGlop
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A leap of faith? Or should it be a leap from faith? What about a leap from Realisation? A leap into what? Towards what? Is it a leap, or are we pushed? Listen to the latest episode and subscribe: Apple... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at ZenGlop