2011.01.23 13:00 - Playing Music as Being


    The Guardian for this meeting was Maxine Walden. The comments are by Maxine Walden.


    While I had fully envisioned conducting this session as a theme session, continuing our current explorations in Being by going round the circle individually, the energy stirred within the group and the 'mix,'  including Alfred with his new flute and the creator of the flute Kit, led to this becoming a session more about Playing Music as Being.

    Maxine Walden: (appreciating Cal's note giver, a box in the fountain which gives a note re PaB; also the several large koi fish slowly swiming counter clockwise in the fountain; lovely additions )
    Maxine Walden: hi, Freud
    Freud Jungsten: osiyo
    Freud Jungsten: HOw are you today Maxine?
    Maxine Walden: I am fine, thanks, appreciating the fish in the fountain...how are you?
    Freud Jungsten: Been a nice day really.
    Freud Jungsten: Just taking a study break now.
    Maxine Walden: ah, thanks for coming
    Maxine Walden: what are you studying?
    Freud Jungsten: Biostatistics.
    Maxine Walden: ah...sounds substantial
    Maxine Walden: hi, Burly

    A new-to-me avi came in

    Burly Mothman: Hello Freud and maxine
    Freud Jungsten: It could be... hope to find a good job in the fireld when I graduate.
    Maxine Walden: ah, hope so too, freud. Good luck
    Freud Jungsten: wado
    Maxine Walden: Burly, I am not sure we have met. Have you come to many of these meetings?
    Burly Mothman: Rarely - I'm Aphro's alt :-)
    Burly Mothman: an Italian count
    Maxine Walden: hahahah!!!!
    Burly Mothman: ono due tre
    Maxine Walden: Oh, my, I am impressed, please tell me more!
    Burly Mothman: (counting)
    Burly Mothman: are you talking to me?
    Maxine Walden: hehehe, sort of like Count Dracula?
    Burly Mothman: Yes, but nicer
    Maxine Walden: on Sesame Street?
    Burly Mothman: I have a villa on the Amalfi Coast
    Maxine Walden: oh, I see; impressive outfit, and so different from the Aph I know
    Burly Mothman: Yes, it's a little heavy to wear
    Burly Mothman: but it keeps me warm in those Canadian winers
    Burly Mothman: winter
    Maxine Walden: can imagine...
    Maxine Walden: how does it feel being Burly vs Aphro?
    Burly Mothman: I have a hard time spelling in English
    Burly Mothman: I feel more comfortable in some places than in others
    Maxine Walden: hmm:)

    I tried to steer the conversation toward the theme session

    Maxine Walden: You know, this is a continuation of a theme session:
    Burly Mothman: The fact that I'm black adds some extra dynamics
    Burly Mothman: No I didn't -what as it focussing on?
    Burly Mothman: what was
    Maxine Walden: ah, I would be interested to hear...maybe as a part of the theme of what our current experience is in terms of our explorations of Being or of the Nature of Reality...either/both...
    Burly Mothman: and identity. I'm trying to figure out how to make an image of all my avis - I have 5
    Maxine Walden: might be in the 9 sec or 90 sec pauses, or otherwise during our ponderings...at least that is what I was thinking we might do today
    Burly Mothman: perhaps discussing what happens during those auses
    Burly Mothman: pauses
    Maxine Walden: yes!
    Burly Mothman: sounds good to me Maxine
    Maxine Walden: :), good
    Burly Mothman: what do you think Freud?

    Just at the bell for the first pause, several avis came gaily into the Pavilion space

    Alfred Kelberry: meep!
    Freud Jungsten: Works for me.
    Alfred Kelberry: oh wait...
    Maxine Walden: We are coming up to a 90 sec pause; shall we each see what happens in the pause?
    Alfred Kelberry: is it a dream session?
    Burly Mothman: Hiya Boxy - we're going to examine what happens during the pauses
    Alfred Kelberry: um, ok :)
    Burly Mothman: Hi Arch and Chi

    During the pause there was some settling down, but also the haunting sound of a flute, perhaps a 5-tone one

    Burly Mothman: During hat 90 second pause I put myself in a psoition so I could see everyone. I feltit wasimportant
    Alfred Kelberry: well, i've enjoyed a sound of a flute during the pause :)
    Burly Mothman: I was playing boxy
    Maxine Walden: Well, afraid I was caught up in IMs during the pause, so I am not a very good example of noticing inner workings, ponderings :) but appreciating the flute as well
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Burly Mothman: Hello Malissia

    Alf shows us the flute, bright buttons in a row that he is wearing on his boxy avi, and he introduces the creator of the flute as well

    Alfred Kelberry: and here's the flute maker - kit! :)
    Kit Ciaco: Hi ya!
    Chi Aho: Hello, Burly, Malissia, everyone
    Kit Ciaco: I'm just waiting for everything to rez in - don't want to step on any faces!
    Malissia Dotcheva: Hi everyone
    Alfred Kelberry: maxine :) a lot of monkeys :)
    Maxine Walden: hi, Chi
    Kit Ciaco: apologize for my tardiness!
    Alfred Kelberry: um, that's a fun word - tardiness :)
    Kit Ciaco: hehehehehe
    Maxine Walden: Anyone who may be new, please take a notecard from the box in the pool...will tell you what we are about in PaB
    Alfred Kelberry: *ponders to jump in the pond*
    Maxine Walden: And please let me know if you have a problem with being included in our chatlog
    Burly Mothman: The conversation will be recorded
    Kit Ciaco: boxy - you will wilt
    Archmage Atlantis: Have to change computeres, sorry
    Freud Jungsten: Back in a bit....
    Burly Mothman: Arch - you must feel a little wet!
    Kit Ciaco: soggy cardboard - HMMMMMM!
    Alfred Kelberry: i have a custom made cardboard. water and fire proof :)
    Burly Mothman: Must be expensive
    Kit Ciaco: Always good to be prepared for any contingency!

    Looking back Alf and Kit now talk about some tech stuff re the flute Kit has given to Alf.

    Alfred Kelberry: ok, here's the new filler, kit
    Kit Ciaco: yes!
    Kit Ciaco: sounds better, no?
    Alfred Kelberry: i'll align it properly...
    Kit Ciaco: LOL!
    Alfred Kelberry: oh! the blue one is supposed to be on the bottom :)
    Kit Ciaco: I don't know that it matters.....
    Kit Ciaco: bottom, top - hierarchies???
    Maxine Walden: beautiful sounds, Alf
    Kit Ciaco: Yes, Alf - beautiful!
    Alfred Kelberry: вщту!
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, it's done
    Alfred Kelberry: looks great, kit :)
    Burly Mothman: ????
    Kit Ciaco: Thanks!
    Burly Mothman: What did you do Kit?
    Alfred Kelberry: the sound was recorded live by kit :)
    Kit Ciaco: I didn't do it!!!!!!
    Kit Ciaco: Oh. That. I made the flute
    Kit Ciaco: I actually made the rl flute that I'm playing the sound clips on
    Chi Aho hears no sound at this point
    Kit Ciaco: and now boxy is making it his own!
    Kit Ciaco: How cool is that
    Kit Ciaco: oh, Chi, you're missing a lovely mini concert!
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Maxine Walden: We have such interesting things going on right now...mostly focussing on this beautiful flute and its origins...generous, Kit
    Burly Mothman: wow. I'm very impressed. Each colour has a phrase
    Alfred Kelberry: it's not too loud, which is think is perfect
    Kit Ciaco: yes
    Alfred Kelberry: intimate and subtle
    Kit Ciaco: I worked very hard on the right volume.....
    Alfred Kelberry: i think you nailed it! :)
    Kit Ciaco: I think I actually spent more time making the SL version than the RL version!
    Alfred Kelberry: hehe

    By tapping the various colored buttons on Alf's avi one could 'play the flute'.  Burly and others including me do so over time

    Burly Mothman: Hey - I'm making music!!
    Alfred Kelberry: and than some more to align it for the boxy :)
    Kit Ciaco: LOL!
    Alfred Kelberry: doing good, burly :)
    Kit Ciaco: Anyone here who would like a copy please let me know and I'll send my deliverty truck to you right away - free!
    Burly Mothman: Mereveilloso

    I am feeling a bit school-marmish re calling attention to the pauses, but do so, hoping to bring the theme session into focus.  As you can read the sense of music just naturally flows into the pause, which was absolutely beautiful 

    Maxine Walden: Just wanting to mention that in 4 min, 1:30 we will have a 90 second pause, during which we all might just observe what goes on for us...our intent is to see what is below the chatter of the minute/hour and see who we might be .
    Alfred Kelberry: such a gem for free it's like... wow! your lucky day :)
    Burly Mothman: Thanks for the reminder Maxine
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Chi Aho is smart enough to know that he is not Chi Aho
    Maxine Walden: ah, Chi?
    Alfred Kelberry: maxine, may i play a tune during the pause?
    Chi Aho: See above myh nametag
    Maxine Walden: of course, alf...it may help us to pause
    Burly Mothman: Please would we all be able to hear it?
    Alfred Kelberry: ok :)
    Kit Ciaco: Yes - except apparently Chi
    Burly Mothman: Beautiful wings Dorje- where did you fl from?
    Burly Mothman: fly
    Burly Mothman whispers "Hi Zon"
    Zon Kwan: hi all shhh

    The flute was just gorgeous and we all applaud in our own way

    Maxine Walden: :)
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Kit Ciaco: APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!!
    Alfred Kelberry: *giggles*
    Maxine Walden: thank you so, Alf
    Maxine Walden: yes, applause !!
    Alfred Kelberry: *bows respectfully* thank you
    Burly Mothman: That went by too quickly. Thanks Boxy - there'salot under that cardboard xterior!
    Maxine Walden: a lot indeed!
    Maxine Walden: wb, Arch
    Alfred Kelberry: i too zoomed out a bit, like burley last time
    Alfred Kelberry: wanted to see you all
    Burly Mothman: Could everyone hear when I as playing?
    Burly Mothman: was
    Kit Ciaco: I could hear
    Malissia Dotcheva: I could
    Burly Mothman: Oh - I assumed everyone made their own music. oops
    Chi Aho: I could barely hear with a good sound system and turned up high
    Kit Ciaco: But couldn't tell who was playing....
    Maxine Walden: yes, alf, could hear very well.
    Chi Aho: Can you play lounder?
    Burly Mothman: It was soft- and tentative
    Chi Aho: louder
    Alfred Kelberry: i couldn't, burly
    Maxine Walden: Wonder what others expeirenced during the pause, along with the beautiful flute
    Alfred Kelberry: i could only hear my flute :)
    Kit Ciaco: the closer you zoom to the flute the louder it becomes
    Burly Mothman: Perhaps t's where you are sittig thateffect the volume
    Maxine Walden: maybe variations of flute...
    Alfred Kelberry: max, i was trying to make a nice tune :)
    Alfred Kelberry: guess not too relaxed :)
    Malissia Dotcheva: It was lovely Boxy!
    Maxine Walden: I experienced gratitude for the creativity in the group and the generosity of sharing it
    Burly Mothman: so sorry about my spelling. English isn't my frst language. I'm an Italian count you know
    Kit Ciaco: boxy, you're getting a nice smooth hold of it
    Alfred Kelberry: so i had less time for... my thoughts :)
    Maxine Walden: hoho, Burly
    Alfred Kelberry: thank you, kit :)
    Archmage Atlantis: The equipment and software that an individual has to receive with, that determines sound
    Kit Ciaco: and sometimes lag but I'm not experiencing much with this flute in most simx I've taken it to
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, no lag issues so far
    Kit Ciaco: VERY minimal compared to alot of in world instruments....
    Alfred Kelberry: pab is not a high load sim though :)
    Kit Ciaco: no
    Alfred Kelberry: i like to imagine that i'm in the mountains when i listen to the flute
    Alfred Kelberry: it's calming
    Kit Ciaco: yes!
    Kit Ciaco: one of most organic of all instruments
    Kit Ciaco: very spirit-based


    Feeling that the theme session is caring for itself, molding around the music I muse and in a bit Alf offers an interesting contrast for next pause

    Maxine Walden: the flute seems to be more on mind than the pause...
    Burly Mothman: somewhere in Japan with snow falling
    Malissia Dotcheva: It is very peaceful!
    Kit Ciaco: flutes can do that....
    Kit Ciaco: lol
    Alfred Kelberry: we should try the next pause without the flute :)
    Kit Ciaco: I seldom mediate without a flute anymore
    Alfred Kelberry: and compare the two
    Maxine Walden: ah, maybe so, alf...and compare
    Burly Mothman: OK. Can you hum tune instead?
    Alfred Kelberry: kit, you got addicted! :)
    Maxine Walden: lol
    Malissia Dotcheva: It is amazing to me that so many cultures have a variation of a flute
    Archmage Atlantis: Interesting, in the Blue Ridge Mountains is when I am most in tune with gospel music, music of faith......now that I heare the flute music, it has that same qualitity, tho on a less exuberant scale
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, mal
    Burly Mothman: We can listen to the birds

    Then Kit tells us about this 5-note flute

    Alfred Kelberry: kit, tell us about 5 note thing
    Kit Ciaco: and fror EONS dating back over 15000 years
    Kit Ciaco: Well....
    Burly Mothman: 5 note thing?
    Kit Ciaco: the pentatonic scale is associated with very primal tones
    Alfred Kelberry: penta.. i always forget the name :)
    Kit Ciaco: very common across cultures for - well, since the beginning
    Lugh Fehr: hello
    Kit Ciaco: all notes in a pent scale will harmonize with one another
    Burly Mothman: pentagon
    Kit Ciaco: pentatonic
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, a common origin
    Burly Mothman: hi Lugh
    Kit Ciaco: in truth there should be a sixth note on the flute
    Archmage Atlantis: Since the beginning of this version of humans, yes
    Maxine Walden: hi, Lugh
    Kit Ciaco: which would be one octave above the lowest
    Burly Mothman: why Kit?
    Alfred Kelberry: arch :)
    Malissia Dotcheva: I can imagine our ancestors sitting round a camp fire listening to music at the end of their day
    Alfred Kelberry: mal, yes :)
    Kit Ciaco: but the five notes represent one note each in the octave
    Alfred Kelberry: having steak :)
    Kit Ciaco: Yes, M

    Enthusiasm for pennywhistles

    Burly Mothman: playing the penny whistle and the spoos
    Burly Mothman: spoons
    Kit Ciaco: OH!!!
    Kit Ciaco: I started out on pennywhistels
    Kit Ciaco: I love them!
    Alfred Kelberry: is it also a flute?
    Kit Ciaco: yes
    Kit Ciaco: but 2 octa ves
    Archmage Atlantis: Would either of you define "flute"
    Burly Mothman: I can even play one. Theye'e so cheerful
    Kit Ciaco: usually played pretty lively
    Kit Ciaco: and more "shrill" unless you get the really low whistles
    Kit Ciaco: Yes, VERY cheerful!

    And panpipes

    Burly Mothman: ah. Pan pipes have two tubes, don'tthey?
    Kit Ciaco: they have a tube per note
    Burly Mothman: Oh right. Like the oes fro Peru
    Burly Mothman: ones
    Kit Ciaco: righgt
    Kit Ciaco: I have a pent pan pipe
    Kit Ciaco: hard to play
    Kit Ciaco: blows like a shak
    Archmage Atlantis: Like a pipe organ in a cathedral, each pipe plays one note
    Burly Mothman: must be. Like rbbing yr head and pattin yr stomach
    Kit Ciaco: LOL!
    Maxine Walden: (just a reminder in 2 minutes we will have another pause...we will compare our experience with the last one when Alf played during the pause)
    Burly Mothman: Are these flute sonds recorded from a rel flute playing?
    Kit Ciaco: yes
    Burly Mothman: real
    Kit Ciaco: they are me playing in rl
    Kit Ciaco: and now they are ALF playing!!!
    Alfred Kelberry: tuning a cathedral organ must be a difficult task
    Burly Mothman: Is it a regular flute. It sounds somuch like a bamboo one
    Kit Ciaco: I imagine so!
    Burly Mothman: that lonely sound
    Kit Ciaco: native american style
    Kit Ciaco: make of cedar

    Now this pause we deliberately do not have the flute play, and it seems that we all note both the absence of the music, but the memory of it, and the blending of both music and silence, making a warm wonderful atmosphere

    Burly Mothman: ah. that makes sense.
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: birds
    Maxine Walden: OK, how did the pauses compare?
    Alfred Kelberry: i feel more relaxed
    Burly Mothman: beautiful people round a circle - I spent time looking at them and thinking how amazing this group is
    Alfred Kelberry: burly :)
    Maxine Walden: My own experience began with a sense of loss, missed the flute, as if a flatter experience, but then appreciating everyone around the circle as well, deeply so
    Burly Mothman: wondering what on earth Lugh was wearing
    Alfred Kelberry: maxine :)
    Burly Mothman: :-)
    Kit Ciaco: Gibran said something about this, I think
    Lugh Fehr: :)
    Burly Mothman: yes?
    Kit Ciaco: a kind of blending
    Kit Ciaco: that the silence and the usic both are partners
    Kit Ciaco: and come together for the whole
    Burly Mothman: the sound with margins of silence
    Kit Ciaco: likes spaces in togetherness
    Kit Ciaco: yes, burly!
    Maxine Walden: ah, yes, thanks, Kit, lovely reminder of Gibran
    Alfred Kelberry: togetherness :)
    Alfred Kelberry: that's a kitness way of sayin it :)
    Maxine Walden: indeed, alf
    Kit Ciaco: which is my whole philosphy behind the flutes
    Kit Ciaco: the coming together of spirits
    Kit Ciaco: and personal integration
    Maxine Walden: beautiful
    Kit Ciaco: the flutes in sl are designed for community
    Kit Ciaco: anyone can play them along with Boxy
    Kit Ciaco: so we literally can make music together
    Kit Ciaco: and silence can do the same thing.....
    Kit Ciaco: interactive in the best sense of the word
    Kit Ciaco: plus
    Kit Ciaco: I get to touch boxy!
    Alfred Kelberry: music lets silence steps in to appreciate itself :)
    Kit Ciaco: right
    Kit Ciaco: and vice verse?
    Alfred Kelberry: yep :)
    Burly Mothman: can't enjoy one w/o the other
    Kit Ciaco: I don't think so
    Kit Ciaco: like being with people and being alone
    Kit Ciaco: both parts of the same dance
    Alfred Kelberry: it's like hot and cold or good and evil
    Burly Mothman: Kit- are you a musician in RL?
    Kit Ciaco: yes
    Malissia Dotcheva: Yes cannot have one without the other
    Kit Ciaco: not a very good one, but very persistent!

    At this point Chi makes an interesting statement which others pick up on, and perhaps because of the conviviality of the group interesting contributions to the thought accrue

    Chi Aho: Boxy, I have found that in sl ppl seem not to want to talk about evil.
    Chi Aho: why?
    Burly Mothman: Do you play publicly?
    Alfred Kelberry: i think we do
    Burly Mothman: publicly
    Kit Ciaco: I do in SL wherever I can find an audience
    Kit Ciaco: but not so much in rl
    Malissia Dotcheva: I think that maybe people on SL are trying to find utopia
    Kit Ciaco: I used play publicly with guitar, though
    Maxine Walden: interesting question, Chi, sometimes we talk about it here...
    Burly Mothman: U-topia= no space
    Kit Ciaco: but the flute seems more - intimate perhaps
    Maxine Walden: playing music as being...
    Alfred Kelberry: chi, we do it in an open manner though :) maybe it smooths the evilness down somewhat :)
    Kit Ciaco: exactly, maxine!
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Burly Mothman: There seems t be a greater fascination with evil - take a look at the last judgement paintings. Hell is always far more interesting while eaven looks rather borings
    Burly Mothman: heaven
    Kit Ciaco: good point, burly!
    Malissia Dotcheva: True
    Zon Kwan: what is evil ?
    Burly Mothman: I wentto a lecture yesterday on Utopia and Dystopia
    Kit Ciaco: I also think serenity gets a bad rep across the board
    Maxine Walden: wonder if we can sincerely talk about evil while listening to the flute?
    Burly Mothman: There s far more written on the latter
    Alfred Kelberry: burly, maybe i've seen different pictures, but heaven to me is much more pleasant :)
    Kit Ciaco: with experience we learn that serenity is much more satisfying and thrilling than the lures of "evil"
    Alfred Kelberry: beautiful gardens, clear water, fresh air, birds, grass... :)
    Kit Ciaco: I think so
    Kit Ciaco: the flute speaks to all levels of being
    Burly Mothman: There are fewer thrills in heaven. very body sits around looking clean and tidy
    Kit Ciaco: I've written well over a hundred songs on the flute - with many different timbres
    Kit Ciaco: including darkness
    Burly Mothman: It's perhaps an idea to work towards than a reality to live in
    Malissia Dotcheva: I think that we are fascinated by the unknown
    Chi Aho is pondering the idea that Zon really didn't mean to question the existence of evil in the world.
    Maxine Walden: agree, Malissa
    Kit Ciaco: agreed, Mal
    Zon Kwan: evil is good in wrong place or wrong time
    Burly Mothman: even if it's scary
    Burly Mothman: the unknown I mean
    Kit Ciaco: And we often label things with which we disagree as being evil
    Zon Kwan: darknes is good when it is its time
    Kit Ciaco: evil may often be in the eye of the beholder?
    Kit Ciaco: agreed, zon!
    Burly Mothman smiles at Zon
    Alfred Kelberry: burly, i should also note that i don't think of good and evil in religious heaven and hell terms :)
    Burly Mothman: no, true, but my comment came out of people's interest in good and evil
    Burly Mothman: Nice
    Burly Mothman whispers - gotta go all. Take care
    Kit Ciaco: Boxy - I just played my rl flute with you
    Lugh Fehr: yaay i heard them this time
    Kit Ciaco: we should take it on the road!!!!
    Malissia Dotcheva: Beautiful!
    Maxine Walden: Just pondering this session, with lovely flute, appreciations of the beauty in the group, even considerations of evil...
    Maxine Walden: Have to go, but a wonderful session...thanks to everyone !! See you again soon.
    Maxine Walden: bye for now
    Malissia Dotcheva: by e
    Chi Aho: bye Maxine
    Zon Kwan: bye max
    Kit Ciaco: bye, maxine!
    Lugh Fehr: byebye
    Malissia Dotcheva: See ya later
    Alfred Kelberry: poofs
    Zon Kwan: bye all
    Lugh Fehr: bye zon
    Kit Ciaco: recokn I'd better get back to the studio!
    Kit Ciaco: thanks!
    Alfred Kelberry: there's a concert starting in sl
    Alfred Kelberry: anyone want to go?
    Alfred Kelberry: 2 pm
    Chi Aho: where?
    Alfred Kelberry: Come and join us for a peaceful concert - 2pm slt Garden for Change (120,176,24)
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, didn't copy the url
    Alfred Kelberry: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Garden%20for%20Change/120/176/24
    Alfred Kelberry: no idea what's this about. just seen a message.
    Chi Aho: I will use the url; thanks boxy
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, i'll go check it out
    Alfred Kelberry: thank you for the company
    Paradise Tennant: smile hiya arch :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles thinking you are away from your keyboard :)
    Paradise Tennant: quietly tip toes out so an not disturb you :)

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