Phaedrus Music

Le Mat (The Fool)

This is the first of the 22 Tarot arcana that I intend to put music to. Although its name suggests the card is representing foolishness or craziness, the meaning is much more profound. This arcana represents freedom. The Spirit in pure state, not bound by rules or conventionalisms. So, the arcane represents well attributes like originality, genius, eccentricity. To walk away from convencional rules and look for more transcendental values.

The free nature of the arcana is represented in the music by improvisatory passages wonderfully executed by Omar Acosta (flute) and César G. Forero (electric guitar). Since the arcana also represents eccentricity, there is a bit of craziness at the beginning and ending of the piece. Also, the improvisatory sections are nested by more reflexive passages, based on non improvised music. These passages at the beginning and end of the piece represent the fact that “The Fool” is one of the most spiritual cards in the Tarot.

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Classics Choice


Progressive Rock – A Misleading Tag

This issue of Phaedrus features and article that I wrote in 2006 for a booklet that was edited as part of the 2007 edition of the Gouveia Art Rock Festival. Back then, the term “Progressive Rock” was still banned by critics and rock related media. Currently, progressive rock is enjoying a steady resurgence; however, I believe that much of what I stated in the article remains valid.

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Fun Corner

Kotebel Corner

Fragments of Light – Part 1

In this issue we analyze two pieces from the album “Fragments of Light”, one of the most experimental Kotebel albums.

Legal Identity

The name of this piece comes from the fact that I used two ID numbers to build the main motif of the piece. The piece is written in straight 4/4 rhythm; here’s where I use the ID numbers: ….


This is one of the most experimental pieces that I have written. The title reflects the resource used to construct section B: it is the mirror image of section A. In other words, once you reach the final measure of section A, you create section B by reading backwards from the last to the first measure. As a way to introduce a very interesting effect and prove …

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