Saturday, October 4, 2014


October 4. Sunset 6:49 PM. Oakland, CA. 

photo: Tom Djll

The sun set during the load in and sound checks for the 17th Annual Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival- held this year at the Temescal ArtCenter. Congratulations and many thanks to everyone. It was a fun evening.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Goodnight Bill

Sunset 6:53 PM. October 2, 2014

5 years gone. We miss you Bill.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Autumnal Equilux 2014!

Sunrise 7:01AM. Sunset 7:00 PM
September 27, 2014. San Francisco, CA

At least for this latitude—Everyone further to the North, it’s coming your way!
This is the place where the iceman used to enter the house to make his deliveries. It’s a quiet zone that doesn’t change much from morning to evening and so it seemed an appropriate choice for this day of equilibrium.    

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tipping away from the light...

Sunset 7:08 PM. San Francisco
Sept. 22, 2014

I decided to head down to the mailbox at sunset because there is a nice view of the ocean from that corner and I thought it would be nice to actually see the horizon at sunset for a change. Just as I opened the mail slot, a woman and her young son approached the corner and asked me why I was ringing the bells. The little boy wanted to ring them and we chatted for a bit. “Do you want them back?” Ah. Since I had just run out of the house to mail the letters, I hadn’t thought to bring anything with me except the 2 special bells I chose for the occasion, and I had to reclaim them. Good reminder to always carry extra bells…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Late bird...

August 26, 2014. Sunset 7:49 PM. San Francisco

Slipping into the meditation garden for a quick goodbye to the day.

Monday, August 18, 2014

god morgen from Skomvær

Sunrise 4:45 AM. August 18, 2014. Skomvær Island

Greetings from Rachel Trapp, rising early during her residency in the Lofoten Archipelago in Norway. It looks too cold for summer…

Saturday, August 2, 2014

watching and waiting

August 2. Sunset 8:11 PM Minneapolis Airport.

An a oddly serene moment enroute to San Francisco.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A noisy farewell

August 1, 2014. Sunset 8:13 PM. NYC.

Sharing a nice meal with Pauline Oliveros, Ione and Bun Ching Lam after saying goodbye to our wonderful friend and colleague, Jenneth Webster. Jenneth ran the Lincoln Center Out of Doors for decades and there was a memorial for her earlier this evening at the Lincoln Center. We miss her. So here’s a noisy send off from a momentarily dyslexic me- (all I captured was a brief snippet of the sound in the restaurant) --

Friday, July 25, 2014

Two for the Road

Two offerings this month:
July 16, 2014, ? ?
The audio was from sunset on July 16- exact time and place unknown- as it happened while I was onboard an airplane. My best guess is that it was around 9:00 and over Ohio somewhere. It was a spur of the moment documentation, and I just opened my iPad and played a little piece on the Tibetan Bowls app. I could barely hear the bells above the plane noise, but I think it turned out OK.

July 25, 2014. 8:19PM
I figured that first one was kind of cheating somehow and so I am also including a view of ColossalMedia’s mural of the winning photo by High School student Steven Paul.  It’s on Broadway just by the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s my favorite mural that’s been on that building so far.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A joyful noise!

June 21, 2014. Sunset 8:34 Chapel of the Chimes. Oakland, CA

Even though the Solstice has passed, the sun continues to set a bit later, reaching its apex (at this latitude anyway) on 6/26/14. Then the sun will continue to set at 8:36 for another week before reversing direction and joining the sunrise to shrink our daily dose of sunlight. Here is a snippet of this year’s Solstice celebration from the Garden of Memory at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA. A hundred bells, the Cardew Choir and the general din of 1000’s of people greeting the summer—

Thank you Rose for the amazing bell.

FYI The NY Times published an article challenging our association of light with all things good- including the relationship between the amount of sunlight and mood.