for the first time, look at the flowers

by vitor almeida lopes

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released May 30, 2014

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"Pi", the film from darren aronfosky (first and second track)
"The Holy Mountain", the film from alejandro jorodoswky (first track)
"Strange Friends and Friendly Strangers", a song by tim kinsella (second track)
"Tekkonkinkreet" the animation from michael arias (second track)

music: vitor almeida lopes
photo: fabiane lopes

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comprei minha guitarra em 2008 e comecei a compor, desde então venho acumulando as masturbações que você ouve por aqui

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Track Name: everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers
12:45, restate my assumptions:

1. Mathematics is the language of nature.
2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.
3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge.

Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.

Evidence: The cycling of disease epidemics;the wax and wane of caribou populations; sun spot cycles; the rise and fall of the Nile.

this is the ceremony of death. The grave recieves you with love. Surrender yourself to the Earth. Return what was loaned to you. Give up your pleasure, your pain, your friends, your lovers, your life, your past, what you desire. You will know nothingness, it is the only reality. Don't be afraid, it's so easy to give. You're not alone, you have a grave. It was your first mother. The grave is the door to your rebirth. Now you will surrender the faithful animal you once called your body. Don't try to keep it, remember, it was a loan. Surrended your legs, your sex, your hair, your brain, your all. You no longer want to possess, possession is the ultimate pain. The earth covers your body, she came to cover you with love, because she is your true flesh. Now you are an open heart, open to receive your true essence your ultimate perfection. Your new body, which is the universe, the work of god. You will be born again, you will be real. you will be your own father, your own mother, your own child, your own perfection. Open your eyes, you are the earth, you are the green, you are the blue, you are the Aleph, you are the essence. Look at the flower, look at the flower, for the first time look at the flowers.
Track Name: or maybe it's genious
Listen to yourself. You're connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religious hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world, you will be able to find it everywhere. 216 steps from a mere street corner to your front door. 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere. --- But Max, as soon as you discard scientific rigor, you're no longer a mathematician, you're a numerologist.

You'd think someone would have thought to take some notes at the dawn of time. Confusion would be totally unnecessary if whoever this first someone was had have had a bit of foresight and kept some minutes so we could all know who, what, when, where, how, and why we are. But the mysteries give us our beautiful confusion, and wonder must be the primary blessing. I mean, time wasn't time until someone thought of it as such. So the dawn of time was the dawn of life, in some sense of the word. Sensing time passing, right? And therefore, before that there was no time. My first thought would have been, "This is really somethin, I best take a note."
Instead we're left to wonder (wander?), spider-silk harvested from goats. Factory farms at all even really. The phrase has a great ring to it: "factory farm." But food isn't even really "food" food. Why do the Sunnis and Shi'as hate each other again, in what seems like such an intuitive way? And Easter Island? Deep lakes on the moon of Saturn? The moon? Israel? White privilege, the pyramids? Rasputin, Nostradamus, the Bible?

9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six I did. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly, daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see. But something else had changed inside of me.

What is it about fire? So calm and peaceful but... inside, all power and destruction. It's hiding something. Just like people do. Sometimes you have to get close to find what's inside. Sometimes you have to get burned to see the truth.

So, what about the stock market? The universe of numbers that represents the global economy. Millions of hands at work, billions of minds. A vast network, screaming with life. An organism. A natural organism. My hypothesis: Within the stock market, there is a pattern as well... Right in front of me... hiding behind the numbers. Always has been. 12:50, press return.

there is a pattern, an order, underlying every go game. Maybe that pattern is like the pattern in the stock market, in the Torah. this two sixteen number.
-this is insanity, Max
-or maybe it's genious