KEVIN FERGUSON / PURE FRACTALS:
A MIND MASSAGE
SELF-SIMILARITY OF INTERADAPTIVE RELATIONSHIPS
This the 8th album release, by musician (music theorist, composer, instrumentalist including guitarist with several top selling CD's at
Guitar Nine Records), artist, applied mathematician & inventor Kevin Ferguson.
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NEW AUDIO SAMPLES BELOW:
Last updated October 5, 2019
(NOTE: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO USE HEADPHONES TO LISTEN TO SAMPLES.)
- 1 Celestial Waterfall
- 2 Dancing Demons
- 3 Storm Breaks
- 4 Racing Cliffs Edge
- 5 Dog Nose Fanfare
- 6 Vestigial Ottoman
- 7 Ceremonious Trek
- 8 Teetering Atlas
- 9 Jumping Butterflies
- 10 Devil's Wedding
- 11 Mind Marathon I
- 12 Mind Marathon II
Pure Fractals: Synopsis
Self-similarity is a consequence of interaction in relationships of all kinds, especially when some level of adapatation is involved, as is so often the case. As depicted on the album cover artwork, there are pure forms of self-similarity as shown in a line level pattern that is replicated at many scales, each riding on the successively larger scale. For this exmple, the common pattern is like this:
And there are the more natural forms, as depicted in the wood etching of the album cover that follows the pure pattern, while each place is also influenced by all of its surrounding, in part according to proximity. In the more natural case with each point having a different "perspective" and thus being influenced uniquely, while some aspects of the wood etched patterns are similar to others, you can also find uniqueness if you look for it.
This album cover artwork is literally a depiction of the music of the first track "Celestrial Waterfall." This first track uses the very simple (3 pich level in 4 parts) pattern shown above to introduce you to the a way of listening in which you may percieve the simultaneity of 5 voices playing the fractal melodies as depicted in the cover art, in order to better appreciate what you are hearing. The combinations of rich harmonies that result, the juxtapositions and ways of percieving other patterns due to these juxtapositions, and, especially for tracks that follow, the ability to percieve many levels of rythmic variations, etc. can invoke the glee of a child with a "Where's Waldo?" book. Some tracks represent the purest forms while others are spiced with mild modulations analogous to the wood etching. To appreciate all this, it is recommended that listening be done with headphones and with eyes closed. "Storm Breaks" and "Jumping Butterflies" evolve some of the richest harmonies and subtly modulated juxtapositions.
Most of the titles are from impressions. For example, the first track reminded me of a meteor shower with the overall density like a waterfall. Coincidentally, the night before this CD was released I was returning home after Balkan dancing and saw a shooting star nearly hit the road at what appeared to be within 50 yards ahead of me.
While fractals have become famous and associated with chaos theory, antenna design, tersemathematical approximate models in biology, geography and other sciences, data analysis, data compression and most popularly for pretty pictures, I see them as a artifact projection of ubiquitous adaptation at every level of reality and the imagination. The most famous fractal of all, shown on the back cover of this album, is literally a portrait of a relationship between real and imaginary. After a quarter of a century of developing mathematical models for adaptive things, my view of the world is in some ways the opposite of the traditional mathematical view of the world: the cold rigid structures of the simple math equation only exist in the cold rigid structure of a similarly minded human. Everything has some level, though perhaps in some cases negligible for all practicle purposes, of interaction with everything else. And the most general nature of interaction isinteradaptive. Interadaptive realtionships create self-similar trajectories. This music is a baby step towards the richness of this perspective.
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- "Pure Fractals bears out Ferguson’s complex approach to instrumental and neoclassical music." -- www.mwe3.com
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OTHER SLIGHTLY RELATED URL's
Kevin Ferguson's Home Page
- Kevin's Debone.com music page: 9 CD's, etc.
Violin music (Bach, Paganini, more) on electric guitar: STRAD TO
STRAT, Kevin's first CD.
- AN INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN FERGUSON
- CD 7 (released in Nov, 2008):
STRAD TO STRAT II: Electric Vivaldi:
Antonio Vivaldi's violin concertos (Harmonic Inspiration & La Stravaganza) performed on electric guitars.
DeBone Music's Catalog including other CD's by Kevin Ferguson.
An original fusion of energetic and adventurous rock, world, classical and other genres on electric and acoustic guitars:
RESTLESS RECKLESS AND WILD, Kevin's forth CD.
Progressive world, classical, neoclassical and other original tunes on electric and acoustic guitars:
SUBTLE HINT, Kevin's third CD.
- Ferguson's second
CD: EXOTIC EXTREMES electric guitar versions of gypsy, Balkan, Mid-Eastern and other tunes (audio samples).
- CD 5: Piano Concerto, Symphony & Sonata(April 22, 2008) All original classical genre compositions.
- CD 6: Balkan & Beyond/Live At Costello's(April 28, 2008) Balkan, Near and Middle Eastern dance music on acoustic guitar and percussion.
- How To Learn To Play Music Of Unusual Genres , Ferguson's column for Guitar Nine.
- Ferguson's Ensemble: Balkan & Beyond plays traditional and modern versions of Balkan, Mid-Eastern, Indian and other tunes.
Contribution to a Deep Purple Tribute: Woman from Tokoyo + Saint
Saens' Samson and Delilah/Bacconale = Woman from Gaza
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- Kevin's Interview with
"Guitar Nine" interviewed Kevin (Feb. '97 Issue).
Equipment Kevin Uses
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World Music with many links and audio samples.
- The MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet
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- Folk (sheet) music of The World: Richard's Tunebook listed by Country & Type.