Saturday, March 17, 2007

A short note on Tapas

As I´m offering regularly alternating free MP3 downloads on my website under the name "Tones as Tapas", I thought it a good idea to explain the meaning of Tapas to those of you, who don´t know what they are.

Tapas are little appetizers served at bars or restaurants. Here in Spain, Tapas are very popular either as something to accompany a drink at a bar (for example olives, nuts, cheese etc.) or for a complete meal with a great variety of combinations of meat (sausages, meat balls, ham, different skewers etc.), seafood (fish, squid (a speciality is "Pulpo Gallego" – squid from a special area at the Galician Atlantic coast, served warm in olive oil with garlic and red pepper – mmh... yummy!), clams (one of my favourites is "Mejillones Rellenos" – filled clams...delicious!) etc.), vegetables, salads, potatoes (patatas bravas – "hot" potatoes) and so on.

If you are really interested in Tapas there is more information
here in english and here in german.

So, there you are. Music as an appetizer for (hopefully) coming back for more ;-) !

An interesting second meaning has the word tapas in Sanskrit. In the yogic tradition, tapas may be translated as "essential energy", referring to a focused effort leading towards bodily purification and spiritual enlightenment.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ingo Ito at MySpace

Just a quick note, that I could now be found at MySpace as well. I implied a permanent link in the sidebar and here´s a direct link:
www.myspace.com/ingoito

Friday, March 9, 2007

First Light

So eventually my website is online and now it´s back to making music again!

Just finished Zen Hanami - Volume 1, which is ready for download in the new Shop at Itofarm.

I really like this album very much and it was a pleasure recording it. For the first time I worked with the Mobius looping software instead of my trusty Paradis Loop Delay and I was astonished about the speed of recording the basic loop tracks.

One major aim of the Zen Hanami series is to find a suitable framework, that makes it a good companion for people who search special music for their meditation, Yoga or Tai Chi. So I decided to level the length of all tracks to exactly 15 minutes, which is often a good time period for any practicing lessons.

I´m working now on a different release: "The Sombre Poet" – that´s the pure music version of the audio book Kokain. Re-arrangement is on its way and everything looks quite promising.