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.
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.
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.
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.
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Here’s the original
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.
I can’t afford canvas, but we’ve got all this wood.
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…?? seriously…it’s beautiful. Maybe it’s not as memorable as the A section. Whatever.