Friday, October 23, 2009

Music as Edge of Chaos Complexity

All music is deemed to be 1/f , fleshy 'pink' noise, characteristic of chaos and edge-of chaos complexity. Pink noise also strikes the balance between the memory-less randomness of 'white' noise and the monotonous predictability of 'brown' and 'black'.

Central to my musical production is the presentation of the conscious moment as one of complex uncertainty at the edge of chaos. To achieve this, I produce digitally mastered multi-track live recordings (8 to 16 stereo levels deep), which combine lyrics calculated to unravel our treasured cultural, religious and sexual assumptions, with instrumental improvisations designed to reveal their cutting-edge-of-chaos complexity only after many listening episodes, as multiple 'avatars' of my own conscious uncertainty 'moving on the face of the waters' in response to the developing piece.

I use many different kinds of world string instrument, including Appalacian dulcimer and Vietnamese classical instruments illustrated below, as well as keyboards, flutes, bells and live percussion, Tui, Kokako, and our nemesis, the Piwakawaka in memory of Maui.

Instruments used include Appalacian duclimer and Vietnamese zither and chordphone.

Each track has a unique lyrical foundation, with outline notes on its genesis. For the full suite of Nino Songs and their lyrics and all my research and written works go to:

Verdant Unveiling:

Completed yesterday. For our survival we need to turn apocalyptic tumult into reflowering the tree of living diversity. The apocalypse, or unveiling, is not Armageddon, but our bridal unveiling, in sexual reunion, under the Tree of Life, which God desecrated out of his loneliness and jealousy.

Burning Season:

A love ballad, echoing the Amazon burning season, about a beautiful internet love affair that resulted in a journey together, traversing the wild shores of Aotearoa, but was to be only for a season, because we each had deep family roots in opposite poles of the planet. See also Tane and Kohiti Rose.


One of many celebrations of my ongoing long-term love affair with my partner Christine, sung giddily by both of us midverse. For more on our love songs Love, Overflowing, Uncertainty and Shadows of Your Mind and our written work, see Sexual Paradox.

Last Temptation:

A gnostic noir unraveling the crucifixion, in the first person of Jesus speaking as the twin brother of Judas, as in the Gospels of Thomas and Judas, and as the lover of Mary and Martha, as in many gnostic works, and Kazantzakis' book by the same name.

See also Hymn to the Epoch completed with singers and a lyrical violinist in Old Jerusalem, the gnostic Dialogue of the Savior sung with Christine in 96 minors spanning every key and Eyal Loz on didjeridoo, and Black Rose a beautiful ironical dialogue with a Zionist fundamentalist woman from Tsvat who thought I was the Thief in the Night stealing the Holy of Holies of the Torah, for claiming the Song of Songs was a Tantric love poem, with Christine providing the spikenard as the Shulamite bride.

Deja Vu:

A song on dreaming and non-ordinary reality and the quest for the existential bridge between subjective consciousness and the physical world, with Eyal Loz playing drums.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Song of the Tree

Maschiach as Tree of Life - Hannah Omer

Here is the
live mp3 of the Tree of Life song just produced - 17-10-09
Nino songs in mp3 and lyrics

Verdant Unveiling
(mp3 download)

You know that we have always been wandering
down to the moisture of the shore line
We seem to have walked forever on thin ice together
as if we're running out of time.

You know that I have always been loving you
since the very first moment I met you.
You know you're the apple blossom of my orchard
the land of milk and honey of my heart.

You know that I will always be hungering
for the enchantment of your longing,
lost in the music of your incandescence,
exiled in the rapture of our love.

We both know that the world has been turning
that wild storms are coming, that forests are burning,
that we might be heading towards a terrible shake out
and no one knows the writing on the wall.

We ran hand in hand through the midst of the garden,
lay under the trees of life.
Ate all the sweet fruit in a state of abandon,
without any trouble or strife.

Made passionate love in the glades in the sunshine,
and swam in the tall waterfalls.
We never once saw any signs of destruction
and no impenetrable walls.

But God came along all jealous and lonely
and cast us all out in the mire.
Drove a great flaming sword right into the gateway
and set half the world on fire.

We know that we have always been dreaming
the great unveiling is to come,
no longer seeing through a glass darkly,
knowing cheek to cheek we are one,

traveling companions in grateful compassion
mutual empathy, personal freedom
the right to say "No I will not believe you!
I'll make my mind up for myself".

We know that the dark word of doom is "apocalypse".
They say we are heading right for the precipice
that we will all have to face Armageddon
to be cleansed of our sins with pure fire,

but I say to you, we don't need conflagration
it was always the journey, not the destination,
the time has now come for the greening of Tierra
reflowering the tree of all life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thirteen Principles of Tree of Life Culture

The "tree of life" appears over the world in folklore, culture, religion and mythology relating to immortality and fertility. The tree of life is the link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld. It is also the ongoing tree of evolutionary divergence of the species over the life span of Earth. It was in Eden and its fruit are promised in the future paradise for the healing of the nations.

1. Knowledge and Way: Tree of Life culture is not a religion, belief, or faith, but a description of our existential condition and evolutionary relationship with the universe at large, and a recipe and living practice, way, or path, for finding our own personal happiness and meaning in life, by fertilizing the Earth's living diversity, and providing the best for our future generations, and all the generations of life.

2. Celebration: Tree of Life culture can be celebrated through all the forms of creative process, ceremony and pageant that human society is capable of, from celebrating friendship and fertility in good partying and playing music together, artistic and musical performance, natural restoration projects, scientific discoveries, spiritual meditations celebrations and vigils, rites of passage, such as those of the seasons, birth, death and 'sacred marriage' - consecrating partnership and sexual union.

3. Emergence and Evolution: The emergence and evolution of life is a cosmological result of the symmetry-breaking of the forces of nature in the cosmic origin. Evolving life is the climax interactive expression in complexity of the cosmic emergence, involving all the forces of nature in fractal interaction.

4. Meaning and Purpose: The purpose of conscious life is, on an immediate footing, to anticipate future threats to survival, and on a wider footing, to enable the universe to experience its own evolution and to safeguard the ongoing diversity of life, to enable new forms of conscious awareness to emerge. The validity and meaning of life and conscious experience is undiminished in space-time even if biological life eventually becomes consumed in the ultimate fate of the universe. Indeed without these conditions life could not exist.

Tane Mahuta - Kauri NZ - Tane grew to separate Earth and Sky - Papa and Rangi

5. Humanity: The role of humanity as a climax species is to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth and to facilitate its fertilization to other parts of the galaxy to enrich the ongoing life of the universe and to protect against planetary catastrophe on Earth. It is up to each generation of life to take the personal responsibility to ensure the best route for the flowering of life in future.

6. Action and Will: The exact purpose of human action and of each individual's action cannot be determined in advance because we are all engaged in a conscious creative process and we are participating consciously in this process and interacting with it, so it cannot be predetermined in advance in a final cause. The subjective experience of conscious autonomy over one's fate - or free-will - is a manifestation of the interaction of consciousness in unstable brain dynamics with quantum uncertainty.

7. Complementarity: Sexuality, sexual love and the love of offspring and the family are central to the generation and safeguarding of life and are an expression of the symmetry-broken complementarity at the root of the cosmic emergence, expressed in many forms such as wave-particle, mind-body, and female-male.

8. Sexual conflict: Sexual and reproductive choices are a strategic necessity for both females and males as a primary component of safeguarding the ongoing passage of the generations. Female and male strategies differ and are in partial conflict, because it is females who have by far the greatest investment in pregnancy, lactation and child rearing, and it is from the complementarity and instability of these differences and each sex having to court and respect the other's choices that super-intelligence emerges in humanity.

9. Reproductive choice: For the above reason, while it is desirable for sexual and all relationships to be as honest, trusting and loving as possible, each sex has to be free to make reproductive choices without fear of violence. It is a violation of reproductive freedom of choice for either sex to attempt to institute religious or other punishments to attempt to control the reproductive or sexual choices of the opposite sex.

10. First person vision: Exploration of the mystical, visionary, or spiritual aspects of conscious existence are the responsibility of each of us as sentient conscious beings in the first person.

11. Religious, spiritual and moral freedom: While we can, in the process of sharing insights and experiences, offer good advice to one another about how to live our lives, in the second person, it is an oppressive violation of subjective conscious freedom of choice and the very purpose of conscious existence, to attempt to assert third person accounts, such as moral, or religious beliefs, claims to utopian apocalyptic imperatives, absolute claims that others should follow God, alLlah, or a god or goddess, or any particular spiritual path, or that anyone should be in fear of divine or earthly punishment for transgressing any religious law or code.

12. Power plants, contemplation and dreaming: Visionary power plants and fungi as well as certain meditative practices of contemplation, and dreaming consciousness, provide direct veridical means for the subjective exploration of the conscious realm in the first person, without corruption by religious, or spiritual doctrine, or dogma. As a psychic equivalent of food species, with which we inter-depend, visionary power plants and fungi form one of the most direct avenues to understanding our ongoing relationship with the diversity of life. To ban their use is also an oppressive violation of subjective conscious freedom.

13. Reflowering the Planet: Restoration of planetary fecundity and the reflowering of life's diversity and liberation from human jeopardy is directly in the interests of the future of our own offspring as well as the future of life and is the most urgent issue facing humanity. Current disruption of climatic stability, planet-wide exploitation leading to a mass extinction of living diversity and nuclear overkill is completely inconsistent with this role. These processes are being driven both by a tragedy of the commons caused by selfish winner-take-all exploitation, mutual paranoia, and religious agendas which fail to respect nature as the foundation of existence.