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February 02/18/22, 2022
Imagine a huge open book, or CD cover, with light shining out of it, with ideas of Life and the Universe flying out and around it... As if somebody found the ultimate Open Book to find the Discovery of Meaning.

Or perhaps a Universal Time Clock/Pocket Watch instead of a CD...

Discover why some people fall in love with Mattson Mini Modular systems and why their relentless, fanatical passion for them has made modular synthesizers more intriguing than ever. All of the music on the new album Discovery of Meaning, which can be found on the Spotted Peccary label, was composed, performed, recorded, and produced by Craig Padilla using a variety of analog, digital, and modular synthesizers, sequencers, and field recordings, with vocals by Paula Franke, Melodee Padilla, and Harmonee Padilla.

What is “meaning”? Let us turn to the scholars. Quoting from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: "Well, it's nothing very special. Uh, try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."

Now let us turn to the composer, Craig Padilla. In his own words, "Discovery of Meaning is about the concept of experiencing life in the present moment and beyond: The birth, the now, the future, and everything in the Universe is affected by the meaning of its own existence. It's a continuous discovery that we humans learn by living life through our own space/time continuum. Throughout our childhood and our adulthood, we are constantly learning the meaning of new things, the meaning of relationships, the discovery of health, the meaning of intuition, and realizing the pros and cons of surrounding ourselves with positive (and negative) energy. To be a child, to be a parent, and to be a child again. Time and space, stars, planets, cells, atoms, souls, everything has a meaning of its reason for being here. We are connected beyond ourselves. We are one with Time and Space. And that's a concept we learn once we experience the Discovery of Meaning.”

He continues, "The music on this album has been another natural evolution of my own musical experience. It combines elements of electronica, trance, new age, drone, ambient, and cosmic space music. And almost every track uses a synth built by George Mattson (MST/Division 6 Modular Synth and Mattson Mini Modular Synth)."

George Mattson is universally credited with the invention of the Syntar, the first fully self-contained "keytar", in 1978, and is founder and owner of his enterprise, Mattson Mini Modular. The idea for the Mattson Mini Modular began as a challenge, with size and portability a priority. The first Mattson Mini Modular system was introduced to the world on September 15, 2007.

Discovery of Meaning was inspired by Padilla's daughters, as well as some new music that they were hearing, particularly Porter Robison, Jon Hopkins, and fellow Spotted Peccary artist DeeperNET. The project began life at the end of 2019 just prior to the COVID pandemic, and was completed during the shutdown of the world in 2020. He tells us, "This album is an influence of my living situation in 2019, spending a Summer and Fall in my Oregon home with my soulmate brother Howard Givens and my actual home in California with my children Melodee and Harmonee Padilla and soulmate companion Colleen Roady. During this time, my Northern California home had ‘adopted’ a foreign exchange student from Germany, Paula Franke (no relation to the former Tangerine Dream member). She lived with us because she and my daughters were all studying music in high school."

While in Portland, he was finishing an album with Howard Givens (The Bodhi Mantra ) and working part-time at a modular synthesizer shop where he was learning more about modular synthesizer techniques, as well as being exposed to more electronic music around the Portland area. He had also purchased some new music gear which helped to set the music in motion. This Portland energy, and the energy of the sudden onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, was hugely influential for the music he was creating for this new album.

"I've always wanted to create a piece of music that included the beautiful voices of my daughters. And now that I had another ‘daughter’ in our house from Germany, I knew it would be great to try to record a song that featured all three girls. I thought it would be cool to have Paula record something with me because I thought that it would be a very unique experience for her while visiting the USA.” And he realized that it would be extra cool for his daughters to be involved with the project since all three of them hadn't ever before participated in a project like this.

Suddenly, Paula's trip in the USA was cut short due to the pandemic, and she knew that she had to go back home to Germany. Due to the uncertainty of the events of the world, she had no idea when she was going to be on a plane other than it would be at a moment's notice.

At that time, Chuck van Zyl had commissioned a track from Padilla with the concept of what artists were doing to stay sane and healthy during the sudden change of events in the world.

Chuck van Zyl has been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983 with a tone that veers from synthesized and atmospheric, to the reckless energized pulse of tumbling sequencer patterns, on down to a somber interiority - moving between the three in an impressive aural narrative. van Zyl is best known as a host of STAR'S END which is WXPN's renowned radio program of space music dreamscapes, and as coordinator of The Gatherings, Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music.

Padilla decided to be extra proactive and finish work on "Continuum", a track that would include both German and English spoken words about the concept of "Time" ("Zeit").

"I came up with a written concept, Paula translated the words into the German language, she recorded her words, Harmonee and Melodee Padilla improvised some musical vocal passages into the music, and the rest is history. I couldn't ask for a greater opportunity than that. The experience was extremely positive for all of us!"

Human knowledge comes from human observation, experimentation, and rational analysis, and possibly from supernatural sources; the nature of the universe is what people discern it to be. According to naturalistic pantheism, the meaning of life is to care for and look after nature and the environment. I like that.

Some have suggested the existence of a cosmic consciousness, and we are here to gain knowledge and experience and to have joy. Different generations may have different experiences at similar points in their own time-lines. Origins and the ultimate fate of the universe are an ancient and universal mystery, imagine a tunnel of light and spiritual figures, often described in reports of near-death experiences.

Awareness of environmental elements through physical sensation might cause you to make meaning of what you perceive. Take a moment to think of all the things you perceive on a daily basis. The recognition stage is an essential part of perception since it allows you to make sense of the world around you. Music can remind you to always try to pay attention, and to practice mindfulness. Perception requires you to attend to the world around you.

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Why are we here? What is life all about? What is the purpose of existence? The evaluation of meaning, whether by a single person or an entire society, are human products. Answering any of those questions leads to territory that has nothing to do with our task at hand here today, what about the music?

Electronic inner space journeys using the magic of music unlock a quest into the colorful regions of the cosmos inside, blending the far distances with the infinite interior spaces, frequently evoking the neural processing of vision as well as hearing, creating marvelous audio sensations of spatial locations relative to the listener.

It has been said that a definition of the "Berlin School" style of music stems from the early German music pioneers who specialized in electronic music using sequencers that would play repeating music patterns, originated in the early ‘70s by Asha Ra Temple, Tangerine Dream, and Klaus Schulze. I recommend, for further exploration and historical context, an essay found on the website of the BrainVoyager radio show/experience and cosmic enterprise, on the story of electronic music. There will be links to many of the resources that I mention here at the end of this aspirational rant.

The album Discovery of Meaning touches on the power of freedom and of being able to reach out and touch whatever is coming next, exploring the passions, obsessions, dreams and developments in technology, science, modern art and the chaotic universal tumult constantly surrounding us.

A continuum is a continuous extent, series, or whole; something that keeps on going, changing slowly over time. The two tracks (parts 1 and 2), together titled "Continuum” were commissioned by Chuck van Zyl for a special program on Star's End Radio. Here are a few quotes from Chuck van Zyl:

"I am moved and overwhelmed by all the music. I listened to ‘Continuum,’ which I just wanted to skim, but wound up in its spell and before I knew it I had listened to the whole thing (I did not want it to end). With ‘Continuum’ you guys have achieved something rare... a new sound, a new atmosphere, I almost do not know how to absorb this new music as it reaches to such a personal space. Paula, Harmonee & Melodee are a wonder! Captivating! The music sounds like CP (Craig Padilla), but maybe after you've spent a night in some other better reality."


1. Occasion
The point or period when something occurs

2. Duration
The measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues

3. Time
The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole

4. Time prevents everything happening at once.

5. Time stands still, yet slips through our grasp.

6. Time is our uncurable decease.

7. Our presence in time and space moves forward. Now consider the infinite vastness of the Cosmos and the Spacetime Continuum. There is no finite direction in the Universe for time to travel. There is no past, present, and future; there is only the NOW.

8. We have been here before.

9. We have been here all of the TIME.


1. Ereignis
Der punkt oder zeitraum wenn etwas eintritt

2. Fortbestchen
Der gemessene oder messbare zeitraum während dessen eine handlung, ein vorgang oder ein zustand existiert oder andavert

3. Zeit
Der unbestimmte andauernde verlauf vom bestchen und von ereignissen der vergangenheit, der begenwart und der zukunft als ganzes betrachtet

4. Zeit verhindert dass alles auf einmal passiert.

5. Zeit steht still, jedoch gleitet sie uns durch unsere auffassung.

6. Zeit ist unsere unheilbare krankheit.

7. Unsere anwesenheit in Zeit und Raum bewegt sich vorwärts. Erwäge jetzt die unendliche weite des Universums und das Raum-Zeit Kontinuum. Es gibt keine eindeutige richtung in die Zeit im Universum geht. Es gibt keine vergangenheit, gegenwart und zukunft, es gibt nur das jetzt.

8. Wir waren hier zuvor.

9. Wir waren hier für immer.

And now you can imagine how this music found its way into a spiritual realm. Consciousness, like spacetime, might have its own intrinsic degrees of freedom, and that one's perceptions may be as real as (or even more real than) material objects, experience gradual transitions from one condition to another without abrupt changes, often encompassing a number of extra dimensions.

Mastered by Howard Givens, Discovery of Meaning is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of Discovery of Meaning arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and artful package design by Daniel Pipitone.

01 Perception Stream
02 Discovery of Meaning
03 Continuum, Part 1
04 Continuum, Part 2
05 Adrift in Memory
06 Cottonwood
07 Festive Awakening

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