Leonardo Da Vinci: art, math, and music embodied


We can’t talk about the intersection of art, math, and music without addressing the elephant in the room.  Leonardo Da Vinci we’re looking at  you, sir.

He was an author, naturalist, map-maker, geologist, anatomist, inventor, mathematician, engineer, architect, painter, bosssssss.  That’s who he was.  Just the most diversely talented individual of all time, by many accounts. That’s all.

He was the humanist ideal, and was the original “Renaissance Man.”

According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”. 

Leonardo’s formal training in the anatomy of the human body began with his apprenticeship to Andrea Del Verocchio.  Andrea  insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy. As a student he did many drawings of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones.

As a successful artist, he was given permission to dissect human corpses at the Hospital of Maria Nuova in Florence and later at hospitals in Milan and Rome.

It’s extremely important to learn about these vessels which house our souls. If you’d like to learn more about the human body, check out this course on the anatomy of the human body.

30. October 2014 by Kiv
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Practicing With A Piano, even if you’re not a piano player


You should practice with a piano, even if you’re not a piano player.


Here’s a nice little course to get you started.


They go through the basics of learning the piano by ear.  You’ll learn piano chords fast.  They start with just the notes of the piano, work up to scales, and then to chords and songs.

The piano is one of the simplest, and most elegant visualizations of the Western musical system that has ever been devised.


I like to go through all my Perfect and Major intervals first, as an ear training exercise.  The course above can help elucidate what intervals are to a great degree, but for our purposes they are two note combinations.  Once I’ve exhausted the major scale intervals, I turn to the minor and diminished intervals.  Once warm, I like to throw in cluster chords at the top and bottom of the piano range. A cluster chord is a grouping of 3 or more notes on the piano that are close together, spatially.  Trying to pick out the smaller intervals that make up the cluster chord, by ear, is great exercise.

30. October 2014 by Kiv
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Land of the Living Album Release

Yama music video

We’ve started a new band called Land of the Living. The music has been described as the bastard child of The Allman Brothers and Motorhead.

We put together a Kickstarter to pay for the new album. We asked for $5,000, but generated a whopping $8,300 with the help of supportive fans. We had a record release party at Music Millenium in Portland, Oregon. The album got picked up for an awesome review by the Cascade Blues Association, after it was released.

We’ve started a Facebook page, and are excited that we now have a great place to organize all of our content. Head on over there and give us a Like because we’re going to be updating that page a lot with great new content and giving away merchandise likes these records, shirts, and posters.

We’ve also started a Bandcamp page, where you can listen to some of our new songs for free! We have the record, as well as other merchandise, for purchase on that page.

Our new homepage is LandoftheLivingmusic.com, please check that out too because we’re going to be posting shows and special blog posts there.

19. October 2014 by Kiv
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New Tunes

My roommate, Anthony Pausic, and I are trying to forge a new duo type sound. It’s blues-metal-folk-rap-gazer, I guess. Lemme know what you think. These are one take performances, so be kind. :D
Matchbox Blues
Shake For Me

22. October 2012 by Kiv
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News and New Music on Band Camp

Hey Y’all,

Just thought I’d let you know that I have some new music up on BandCamp.com.

There’s a new album of blues-metal guitar improvisations.

There’s also a full live show at Hawthorne Theatre, and also a bonus track from a new recording I’m doing solo with Anthony Pausic (drums).

Here’s the link…

In other news, I’m having a lot of fun pouring back over the conic sections. I’ll also be posting more stripey paintings very soon. I have a whole new flock of canvases.

21. September 2012 by Kiv
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Digitized Prismatic Painting

An engineer buddy of mine who works at Indeed digitally recreated the mural I have up on a wall there in the Austin office.

Here it is

Here’s the original

28. May 2012 by Kiv
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Finished the wooden landscape abstract

Well, this hunk-a-junk is finally out of our garage here in beautiful Portland, OR. For too long it dominated much of the precious garage floor space, so coveted by roommates in need easy access to bicycles. Done now, though. I’m gonna put a hammock in between the trees in front of it too.

I just painted pieces of wood and nailed them together.

20. May 2012 by Kiv
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Complete Wooden Prism Piece

01. May 2012 by Kiv
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Started a new art project

I can’t afford canvas, but we’ve got all this wood.

17. April 2012 by Kiv
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Bach’s Borrea

This is my arrangement of Bach’s “Borrea.” It’s one of my faves. Jimmy Page plays this at the beginning of a Led Zeppelin song, but he doesn’t play the B part. I wonder why…?? :o seriously…it’s beautiful. Maybe it’s not as memorable as the A section. Whatever.

27. March 2012 by Kiv
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