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Marshall Rendina (born May 27, 1986 in New York City) is a composer, songwriter, visual artist, inventor, and author whose writings span many subjects.
He grew up in Worthington, Ohio and showed an early interest in the arts. His work was displayed in the city hall when he was nine years old, and he took classes at the Columbus College of Art and Design. His interests changed to music when classes were offered at his school in sixth grade, going through periods of playing trombone, flute, tenor saxophone, and guitar, eventually dedicating most of his time to piano. One early influence on him was an advanced class in mathematics in sixth grade, where he studied combinatorics and polyhedra, later influencing his ideas about the distribution of color, musical notes, solar energy, and gravitational energy around spheres.
He studied Western philosophy his freshman year in high school taking an interest in the generation that included Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and Martin Buber among others. He also did independent projects in the psychology of both art and music in high school. He played jazz in a group at the arts magnet school Ft. Hayes in Columbus, Ohio, performing at the Columbus Museum of Art and other locations around the city. He became interested in Fluxus, Minimalism and other experimental genres, favoring mostly intimate piano music, and studying composition.
In college he studied piano with Joanne Brackeen, having been awarded a scholarship for his recording of Chopin and his compositions. He participated in seminars by Meredith Monk and other visiting artists, studied electronic music, performed improvised works, and recorded with musicians from several different countries. He has collected numerous archival materials for musicians and artists to use.
During the period following college he performed in venues around Columbus, Ohio where he grew up including the Urban Arts Space, It Looks Like It’s Open Gallery, Wild Goose Creative and many nightclubs. He moved into a performance space, Skylab, after seeing Lukas Ligeti perform there and formed a collective of musicians to perform with. In Columbus he also conversed with David Ornette Cherry during his tours on occasion. Gyorgy Ligeti and Don Cherry remain among his favorite musicians. His own work from this period integrated subjects from meditation and the natural world, especially those involving the relationship of spatial and visual aspects within music. He was awarded his first grant to complete a world music project in 2011.
He had considered attending Mills College to study with Fred Frith in Oakland but left just before the Occupy Oakland riots and general strike broke out. Over the next few years he studied various forms of mysticism, psychology, sociology, ecology, physics, physiology, and anthropology in developing a philosophy influenced by Kabbalah, Tarot, I Ching, Yoga, Zen, Alchemy, Shamanism, and sustainable living, which he intends to use as the basis for his work. His philosophy includes a library system which can be simplified as having 22 subjects, each of which are outlined in his essays. While residing in Los Angeles at the end of his twenties it took three months to catalogue all of his work, which included over 2000 pages of visual and written materials and several days of audio recordings. Rendina has also written poems for various states of being, Other Ways of Being and an unrealized play with notes for choreography, sets, and music, The Rooms, and an Unwritten Constitution based on his ethical writings which he hopes to use to write a utopian novel.
He created a book of design materials after doing a permaculture workshop in Ojai using primarily circles aimed at sustainability in architecture and transportation, as well as numerous media designs utilizing sound and light. While spending time in Ojai he absorbed many of the surrounding cultural, artistic, and literary influences that had resided there in the past, especially Jiddu Krishnamurti, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Marcel Duchamp.
His writings include a Cosmological system that eschews variations in time and extra dimensions, theorizing that the present exists throughout the universe at a given moment, and introduces the node as a single concept underlying all forms of energy. Variations in time are attributed to changes in the speed of the orbits of nodes and other particles. He has demonstrated its potential correspondence with the accepted theories of Einstein, Newton, and the Standard Model making it a possible candidate for a working quantum gravity model and potentially bridging the gap between particle physics and gravity. He has also written about several novel ideas in set theory and logic, and about the definitions of fundamental concepts in mathematics.
His work with musical harmony has demonstrated that 33 modes can be harmonized in the Western sense, and of these, 17 correspond to Indian ragas, leaving 55 additional ragas that cannot be harmonized, for a total of 88 scales, each of which may correspond to the notes on a piano or constellations. He hopes to introduce the concept of Indo-European music, which shares similar characteristics just as Indo-European languages do. He has also developed a system demonstrating the possible correspondences between the visual and music and intends to do the same with language. He has also made investigations into the three dimensional localization of sound and its relationship to harmony in his music.
He believes that sound can eliminate most pathogens from the body and cure many illnesses with few negative effects. Each living cell has a unique resonant frequency, and when resonating, is unable to perform the tasks needed for its survival, leaving other types of cells unaffected. He also believes that audible sound has health benefits especially for the tissues and organs in reducing tension.
He gave Terry Riley, a formative influence, one of his first scores early in 2017, having begun writing the piece as an homage to In C while he was in high school and finished many years later. His music has also come under the influence of Terry’s son Gyan Riley and Lou Harrison after seeing him perform at the Harrison house in Joshua Tree.
After a long period of introspection and discovery he has begun a series in art and music hoping to complete one or two projects each year. He recorded three double records of piano music in 2018 for the first installment among many pieces of visual art and written materials.