Books and Music
Persona Digital Books & Music
Persona Digital has two personalities: a book publisher and a music composing and recording studio. Persona Digital Publishes a series of books on current topics in psychology, sociology, neuroscience and philosophy. The Persona Book Catalogue has migrated to Alpha Online where you will find detailed book descriptions with links to order pages. The author of the books and creator of the music recordings is Stephen Gislason.
The first book in this series, Human Nature, presents essential knowledge of human nature, a 21st century description of anthropology, neuroscience, sociology and psychology - disciplines that need to be integrated as they are in this book. The topics are essential to understanding human nature, its origins and its problems. You could treat each topic as module of a larger system that develops emergent properties as the modules interact. Each reader discovers the features of human nature in himself or herself and then discovers similar features in others. After you understand more about the dynamics of close relationships, you can look at larger groups. You can continue by applying your insights into human dynamics to governments, countries and international affairs. All the Persona Digital books describe the same dynamics but emphasize different vantage points, contributions from different disciplines and the needs of different readers. Taken together, the books provide a comprehensive understanding of human nature.
The Alpha Books address important medical problems and their solution. Our books are designed to give you clear and simple directions and at the same time to provide essential scientific information. To solve a medical problem, important changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle are required. Smart people, given the right information, should be able to self-manage and solve most of their health problems. Alpha Education books are revised annually.The Alpha Nutrition Program is a set of instructions and nutrient tools designed to resolve disease through diet revision. The program is nutritional therapy, a personal technology of health restoration and health maintenance. The development of the Alpha Nutrition Program began many years ago with observation that some food-selection patterns are associated with dysfunction and disease. When the food list is changed by following the program, the symptoms disappear and the person reports increased energy and a renewed sense of well-being. Similar observations are reported in a large sample of people of all ages. A variety of other dysfunctional patterns are found to improve with proper diet revision.
We reasoned that everyone probably has a small set of best-fit foods that would allow them to feel and function optimally. The first goal of therapy should then be to identify the simplest set of best foods for each person. The core-concept further developed as we kept score of adverse food reactions reported by patients and found that rice and common, cooked vegetables were among the best tolerated and most acceptable of all food choices.
Many terms have been used to describe solving health problems with diet revision: nutritional therapy, natural healing, diet therapy, cleansing, detoxification, fasting, and healing foods. The Alpha Nutrition Program incorporates all the best ideas in diet design and avoids the wrong ideas. The Alpha Nutrition Program incorporates the best features of popular approaches to diet design such as the Mediterranean Diet, DASH Diet, Heart Smart Diet, Pritikin Diet, Macrobiotic Diet. In addition the Alpha Program understands food allergy, an important cause of disease that is ignored in other diet designs.
Persona Music Recordings
Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances both original music written by Stephen Gislason and new arrangements of popular tunes. We cover many different styles from different countries. Stephen says: "I treat the chosen songs as classics that exemplify an aspect of popular music that emerged in the 1950s. Many bands and musicians that were popular in the 60s and 70s have been resurrected to play concerts for "baby boomers' who feel strongly about popular songs they heard as teenagers and young adults. We all have grey hair and have more wrinkles, but musical enjoyment is ageless.
Jazz - The band has followed the path of modern jazz, starting with bebop as invented by Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The path leads to Miles Davis and the extraordinarily talented musicians that played with him and then proceeded on their own innovative paths. Stephen is a trumpet player as well as a keyboardist and synthesizer expert; his arrangements favor trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic keyboards.
Latin - Stephen enjoys arranging and recording the music of Mexico, Central and South America. In Brazil, Tom Jobim, de Moraes, Mendonça, an others developed Samba and Bossa Nova styles that spread to the US and Europe. Argentina contributed the Tango. Dances, rhythms and melodic styles emerged as energetic fusion elements in jazz and popular music in the rest of the world.
Stephen has chosen some of the best popular songs created in recent times, from several countries: The musical range is great but the elements of the best songs are enduring - creative composing, good lyrics, good arrangements, excellent singers and the best recordings.
Digital Bach for the 21st Century are recordings derived from the complete works of JS Bach, edited, transcribed and arranged for synthesizer by Stephen Gislason and recorded at Persona Digital Studio. The project began in 2006, revised recordings have been issued for 2016.
The 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
Stephen wrote:" I discovered that JS Bach's counterpoint, probably the most elegant expression of well considered complexity; if presented with clear definition of interacting voices, counterpoint becomes a delightful form of brain exercise. The Art of the Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080)is a collection of Johann Sebastian Bach' last compositions. Stephen wrote: "I wanted to achieve a version of the Art of the Fugue different from other versions. I believe I have reached an understanding with Bach and Gould, that these pieces have a special quality that cannot be contained in any individual's opinion of them. "
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