Brother Craig 212

In 1968, on the occasion of my 12th birthday, I met Brother Craig 212 –– a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder that was my first teacher of directed, focused listening. The Craig 212 was a battery operated tape recorder that used 1/4” wide recording tape spooled onto 3” diameter reels. The cassette tape format had been…

Cathedral Satori, part 2

In this series we’ve been exploring how sound, because of the inherent truths within and amongst sounds, can give us portals to peace beyond stress and anxiety and become a healing therapy. Today we’ll look at sound as a means of healing the suffering of separation. We’ll see how sound can heal the suffering of…

Cathedral Bells and Singing Bowls

I was just corresponding with H. who is in, or from, Germany. His email triggered some thoughts I’ll share here …
re: singing bowl – many people have noticed the resemblance of my product N.O.W. to singing bowls (I’ve owned many of them for 40 years).
I would say there is in an intentional difference between N.O.W. and singing bowls. I have intentionally restricted the timbre palette, the pitch range and the pitch intervals in N.O.W. while simultaneously reducing noise (no scraping of the wooden / leather rod), and creating a random interplay between left and right speakers to generate spatial movement. 

Fog: NOW by solu

Noise, Fog and Effortless Meditation

I used to design professional analog audio noise reduction systems. Now I’m making noise reduction for your mind.
Sound has led me here. I’ve worked with sound for over 40 years as a designer of professional audio products.

A sizable portion of that time was spent working with magnetic tape and optical film soundtrack recording systems. Tape and optical media had more background noise compared to modern digital systems. In the late ’60’s through early ’90’s analog noise reduction systems from Dolby Corp. and dbx Inc. were routinely used to improve the clarity of recorded music and voices.

From 1980 to 1994 I designed analog noise reduction systems, primarily for motion picture use. I spent thousands of hours listening to recorded sounds fade into the haze of tape and optical soundtrack noise. One cannot do this deep, attentive listening, and be thinking, at the same time. One can either think, or listen, but not do both at the same time. As a result of this work I got really good at being aware of something fade into nothing without any thoughts clouding my awareness of the present moment.