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New Music

February 1, 2009

M. Ramirez arrived at my house with an Edirol R-09, and recorded Jon and me playing some licks.  I chopped the session into tracks; my favorite is the final track (#6).  You can download the session here:

The Mike Ramirez Sessions, 01.2009:

  1. Yoga: tuning and warmup (4:08, 3.8 MB)
  2. Five Taken (6:14, 5.7 MB)
  3. Blues Interlude (1:18, 1.2 MB)
  4. Jon’s Song (3:03, 2.8 MB)
  5. Seas Too Far To Reach (an Okkervil River cover) (3:29, 3.2 MB)
  6. B Minor (7:36, 7.0 MB)

Piano: Victor Hanson-Smith
Violin: Jon Lidbeck
Vocals: Victor Hanson-Smith and Jon Lidbeck


new music

November 27, 2008

Here are two tracks I recorded with GarageBand. The first track is a multi-track project, with some mixed-in ambient sounds I captured at a festival in Oregon.

“The Reflection of June” (MP3, 4.5 MB)

“Piano Improvisation on November 8th, 2008” (MP3, 21 MB)


October 16, 2008

Here’s my version of the chords for “Cariñito.”  I’m totally open to suggestions for improvement.

(Amazon link to the performance by Los Hijos del sol)

C             Am         F       G      C
Lloro por quererte, por amarte y por desearte.
G      C     G      C
¡Ay cariño! ¡Ay mi vida!
C           Am        F        G   C
Nunca, pero nunca me abandones cariñito.
[insert psychedelic solo]

G      C     G      C
¡Ay cariño! ¡Ay mi vida!
C           Am        F        G   C
Nunca, pero nunca me abandones cariñito.
G      C     G      C
No me abandones cariñito.

Reason #479 why I love Eugene. . .

August 10, 2008

The 2008 Whiteaker Block Party. It’s like a miniature Oregon Country Fair, with a dash of Burning Man energy.

Check-out the Eugene Weekly article, and my Flickr media.

Music from the Cat Haus

June 1, 2008

Some friends were traveling and briefly entrusted me with the epicurean welfare of Otis and Iggy Pop. These same friends also have a not-crappy piano, which I extensively used. Here are some MP3 files. Please excuse the high-frequency noise from the refrigerator, and the occasional cat meow.

(1) Mozart Piano Sonata in F Major, K 332, opening movement

(2) “Alpenglow” from “The Sierra Cycle,” one piece from my six-part piano suite

(3) 5:27 of controlled chaos

These noise machines. . .

April 18, 2008

. . . need tuning, but making noise is so much fun.

MP3 file (8.8 MB): piano

MP3 file (1.7 MB): guitar and such

FYI – Ruby can’t serialize open file handles

March 28, 2008

I spent the last three weeks rebuilding my phylogenetics software pipeline in Ruby. I emigrated to Ruby from Perl for many reasons, one being Ruby’s emphasis on object-oriented scripting. Perl is not a good environment for constructing complex data structures, whereas Ruby (and Python and other next-generation scripting languages) use syntax which allows for easy expression of complex class hierarchies.

Object-oriented scripting in Ruby is especially beneficial for long-running software pipelines. At critical checkpoints in the pipeline, I serialize objects to disk. If the pipeline fails for any reason, it’s easy to later deserialize the Ruby objects and pick-up where the pipeline left-off. In theory, Ruby’s Marshal class is a godsend. In reality, there are some hangups.

My code includes a Simulation class, which contains a Log class, which contains an open file handle. When I attempt to serialize an instance of the Simulation class, Ruby throws a runtime error, complaining that Marshal.dump cannot dump the File class. Clearly, the Ruby interpreter is not intelligent enough to avoid dumping an open file handle.

The solution? = manually close all File objects before invoking Marshal.dump.


The Power of Myth

August 21, 2007

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was a living encyclopedia of world mythology.  He is best known for “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” “The Masks of God,” and other writing.  Campbell’s work illuminates the spiritual common-ground between all world religions.  As Joseph Campbell said, “if you want to understand Jesus, you have to go beyond Jesus.  If you want to understand Buddha, you have to go beyond Buddha. . . ”

Before Campbell’s death, he filmed six conversations with Bill Moyers.  The episodes (linked below) were aired on PBS.  If you don’t have six hours to spare, my favorite episodes are #4 and #6.  Enjoy.

Episode 1 of 6: introduction

Episode 2 of 6: the message of the myth

Episode 3 of 6: the first storytellers

Episode 4 of 6: sacrifice and bliss

Episode 5 of 6: love and the goddess

Episode 6 of 6: masks of eternity

Playing with new themes

August 8, 2007

More improvisation. The MP3 file is here.

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Voices in my head

August 7, 2007

Two minutes of improvisation. . .

A high-quality piano, but a low-quality microphone.

Click here for the MP3.

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