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From The Alphabet of Light Press:
On the Elements of Music is a comprehensive music instruction book covering the seven elements of music - melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, timbre, and dynamics. The book provides a foundation for a new method, combining Western harmony with the Indian raga system to yield a system of 88 new “keys” - the same number of keys on a piano and constellations in the sky. The book is ideal for the teacher as a complete curriculum or accompaniment to an existing curriculum, for the student wishing to deepen their understanding and fill the spaces in their knowledge, for the composer or songwriter looking to extend their palette of musical ideas, for the performer in need of an easy reference for practice, for the recording artist to quickly grasp the complications of recording, and for the musical healer looking to extend their wisdom in the effects of music on the body and mind.
On Spheres is a collection writings by Rendina including Constellations, Ragas, and the Piano; The Tonnetz: Harmony and the Three Dimensional Localization of Sound; Quantum Gravity; A Spherical Color Map: Globes, Crystal Balls, and the Retina; On the Distribution of Solar Energy.
Cosmologies is a two-part book about the universe. The first part is an introduction to Rendina’s ideas with simple explanations and the second a more detailed explanation of quantum gravity. In his theory, the present exists throughout the universe in an instant, with energy nodes giving the impression of physical space both in the vacuum or aether, and in matter, ultimately resulting in a balance between the two – that the energy in a gravitational field around an object is equal to the energy within the object. Variations in the progression of time are accounted for simply by the rate at which nodes orbit one another and exchange. It includes illustrations of his nodal conceptions of light, gravity resulting from the vacuum energy, and matter as they relate to one another.
Towards a More Complete Understanding is a collection of philosophical essays by Rendina. It is not a book about any particular subject, but rather how they are interrelated to form a more complete picture. Each essay covers a different subject area as part of a forward looking and holistic worldview. It ultimately stresses not to be concerned with structures themselves, but with the fluidity of their infinite manifestations in the world and life itself. The author uses it as a sourcebook for his projects.
Other Ways of Being is a collection of 100 poems each describing a different state of being as they relate to our common experiences, and as we often experience more than one state of being at the same time. It is an ontological treatment of various topics related to the perception and understanding of surface knowledge versus those of inner sight and the mystical as a basis for morality and ethics, having resulted from the states of being.
Minor Arcana contains the words for many songs written by Rendina throughout his 20s and can be thought of as a counterpart to his Major Arcana tarot card instrumentals and non-vocal music.
Other Ways of Listening is a collection of largely handwritten musical scores by Rendina and covers many styles and aesthetics in music including graphical and text scores.
Chromatic Saturnalia contains most of the artist’s two-dimensional visual art output and includes over 250 drawings and paintings.
Intermission: Interinfluences and Interworlds contains the artist's three-dimensional and media art output. It contains notes on visual music, the relationship between language and visual art, language and music, as well as those on communicative and interactive forms of media.
Transparent Recitals is a collection of photographs from 2001 to 2019.