.auto-style2 { border-width: 0px; }

Persona Digital Books & Music

Persona Studio Home  --- Order Links Create an Account| Start  Order|  Shopping Cart | Order Help | Logon

Persona Music Recordings

Classical Music
Folk Music
Rock and Roll
Jazz
Pan American (Latin)
Fusion
Bach
Reggae
Dance
Pop Hit Songs
New New Music
Meditation
Stephen Gislason

Topics from Sound of Music

Music Theory
Musical Brain
Synthesizers
Pitch and Tonality
New Music
Music Instruments
Composing
Scales and Chords
Arpeggios
Rhythm
MIDI
Electronic Keyboards
Brief History Synthesizers
Synthesizers
Audio Processing
AD Conversion
Mixing Sound
Compressors
Sound Samples
Music Software & DAWs
See Persona Books


Counterpoint for Genius

Created by Stephen Gislason

My Counterpoint for Genius series is a collection of  four albums that has evolved over several years though experimentation with a number of transcriptions of Bach pieces, many from the religious Cantatas, mixed with different voicing and, different tempos and transpositions. Mozart has received the most attention as the composer of smart music. Bach excels. I realized that many of the Bach pieces I recorded were among the best examples of contrapuntal composition and that counterpoint was the perfect brain exercise

 I am often amazed by how many notes in interweaving layers my brain is willing to decipher. If the notes form interesting patterns and move in space, then they remain fresh and invigorating. I the early days of my experimentation with synthesizers, I encountered patterns of sound that produce meditative experiences, acoustic illusions, mind clearing, and  some very annoying experiences. At the same time I was experimenting with brain biofeedback using sound to reveal brain waves. The basic idea was that amplified brain waves could be evaluated by frequency and amplitude, desirable goals established and a sound signal would inform the subject when his or her brain waves were in the desired range. The most common goal was to achieve slow, symmetrical sine waves from each cerebral hemisphere; the frequency range of about 8 to 12 hertz was called alpha.

While repetition is good, too much can become annoying. Small variations in a repeating pattern will avoid habituation and annoyance. The occasional, surprising sound will awaken new interest.  Complex staccato passages with precise but low amplitude sounds are followed closely by the temporal cortex.

My Bach project shifted toward brain exercises for Geniuses (Counterpoint for Genius).  I now believe that the textured complexity of counterpoint can be a delight for a receptive listener and also a useful way to exercise some of the more complex computational  centers in the brain. My strategy is to keep the individual voices  clear so the layered, interwoven texture of the music is as distinct as possible. I also pay much attention to leaving silent spaces in the interstices since I discovered many years ago that  increased sound density was harmful rather than helpful.

My Counterpoint for Genius series is a collection of  four albums.
Here are three pieces from Counterpoint for Genius  Volume 1

Digital Bach for the 21 Century A Persona Digital Production, Stephen Gislason Arranger & Performer

Person a Music Recordings Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances by the P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort. Music downloads are delivered from our companion website: Alpha Online. Some music recordings are available as Downloads: The recordings presented online demonstrate Persona Studio's arranging, recording and mastering techniques. All the recordings are completed in house by Stephen Gislason. The music selections and their history are explained in the book, Sound of Music.

Persona Digital publishes a series of books on current topics in psychology, sociology, neuroscience and philosophy. The Persona Digital website, featuring books has migrated to Alpha Online where you will find book descriptions and links to order pages. eBooks and can be downloaded from Alpha Online. Printed books are also ordered from Alpha Online... shipped only to Canada and the USA by postal services. See Persona Books.

Topics presented at Persona Digital Studio are from the book, The Sound of Music by Stephen Gislason.

Click the Download button to order the eBook from Alpha Online.

Persona Digital Studio is located on the Sunshine Coast, Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada.
mail to: alpha@dccnet.com

Go to Alpha Online Links >> Home |Products & Services | Modular Nutrition | Medical Information | Alpha Nutrition Program