goldman's book of life

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Baby grand piano. Loops. Effects.

All proceeds go to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights in Chicago.

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In the creation of this album, I wanted to make something that combined the recording of an upright grand piano (that belonged to my grandfather) but also incorporate looping pedals and effects for some of the tracks. I wanted the listener to be unsure as to what was looping and when by making some of the loops dynamic, and in some cases, not using any looping and playing different parts (or entire parts of songs) live.

Questions of free will and determinism have always plagued me since I was a kid; consequently, I wanted to sonically replicate something analog and digital to synthesize some kind of blend between some kind of ‘live’ action in the context of circular, repetitive loops. The result is analogous to compatibilism, or the claim that determinism and free will are not mutually exclusive.

The title of the album is a reference to Alvin I. Goldman’s paper, “Actions, Predictions, and Books of Life,” whereupon Goldman creates a thought experiment that highlights the impossibility of falsifying determinism. Goldman aimed to show that our lives don’t seem determined, but could very well be given that our phenomenal existence could be compatible with determinism.

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released October 31, 2019

Tim Jung on piano and pedals

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last evenings on earth Chicago, Illinois

Teacher and sometimes musician

All proceeds go directly to The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

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