KCRW Podcast and Interview: Sleeping Knowledge

How does music resemble food? How can sound work like medicine? To treat chronic digestive pain, producer Ross Simonini tried everything until visiting hypnotherapist Daniel Ryan, who uses only the sound of his voice through a technique shared by orators, monks, musicians, parents—and magician David Blaine.

We also learn about the psychoacoustics of lawn sprinklers with Susan Rogers, a sound engineer who’s recorded albums for David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Tricky, and, most famously, Prince’s albums Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times. Rogers is one of the most legendary female sound engineers in an industry long dominated by men. These days, she’s also a professor at the Berklee School of Music, where she researches how our brains process sound.

Lastly, author Eugene Lim brings us speculative fiction on the interstellar connections between celebrity CEO Elon Musk and the Organist podcast itself.

Hypnosis segment produced by Ross Simonini. 
Interview with Susan Rogers produced by Jenny Ament.

Japan & Thailand

For the next three and a half weeks I'll be traveling in Japan and Thailand. From May 2 - May 25th I'll be on the road, in a plane, on a boat, potentially on the back of an elephant, (under only the most humane circumstances, otherwise I'll decline) on a motorbike, in the back of a tuk tuk, smiling over a bowl of delicious ramen, or generally gawping at the beauty and madness on the other side of the world. It will be my first time meaningfully exploring Asia. Almost a decade ago, I was staying on the Asian side of Istanbul, "The Gateway to the East" they call it. That time I didn't make it past the threshold. This time I'm going deep. 

There will be temples, monasteries, restaurants, hotels, cities, forests, jungles, rivers, parks, anime, cherry blossoms, manga, beaches, islands... I'm ready for an adventure. And prepared for a culture shock that may take a few days (weeks? years?) to subside. Many of the therapies and techniques I'm trained in are based in Eastern philosophies put through Western filters. I'm beyond excited to see that second layer finally removed. 

Leaving NY has got me thinking about NY. Whenever I travel there's a part of my mind meditating on home. And this particular trip already feels different. My girlfriend and partner, Sarah, recently completed her grad program (She was valedictorian!) and she's now launching her practice as an Acupuncturist. Her business is called Sanctuary and at this early stage, it's set up for success. There is a lot to celebrate. Yet leaving can feel like abandoning multiple projects midstream, even though everything is prepared and leaving is essential. Such is the mindset of concrete, steel and glass. It's like the illusion that holding on tighter will draw something closer, or make it more dear. One more day of the (true) joy of work, and then... holiday. 

New Website

I understand when someone has an averse reaction to technology and usually applaud those friends and acquaintances who have chosen to simply live without smart phones and social media. It can feel like going against nature - moving against the trends of one's time. Often when I'm feeling introverted, looking at social media can feel pushy and invasive to me. Other times, I love it and ride the wave of pleasure and fun posting pictures of my dog or some random adventure. It's all a nice distraction, from a certain point of view. 

Another point of view as a small-business owner would be that to not engage with the tools available to me would be somewhere on a spectrum of silly to stupid. It would be cannibalistic to my own potential for growth, if it was done without purpose...

I've had websites up for my practice since i began in 2011. I haven't always updated them regularly. This one is new however. Its purpose is new too. This is a foundation. The previous ones were intended to present a picture and now those old photos feel like they are all collected here. I feel like I've cleaned my home or organized my cabinets. Things in rows and right angles. The kerning that occurs internally.