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Lawrence Blatt's new release Fibonacci's Dream is the follow up to Out of the Woodwork, Blatt s debut album which has been selected as a finalist for the best album 2007 in the New Age category for the Independent Music Awards. Fibonacci's Dream takes you on a journey of music and math and contains 13 original compositions that span from solo acoustic guitar works to richly layered multi-track instrumentals. In addition to guitar, bass and percussion instruments, Lawrence utilizes some unusual stringed-instruments on this album including a charango, ronroco and a 100-year-old Ditson mandolin.

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The full title of Lawrence Blatt's second release is actually Fibonacci's Dream: Eclectic Modern Mathematical Compositions for the Acoustic Guitar, but for some reason was shortened to Fibonacci's Dream. Fibonacci was considered the greatest mathematician of the middle ages and introduced Europeans to the Arabic numerals that we use today. A blend of math and music? Yes, this CD does both! One had to admit it is a different concept, and quite an interesting one to boot. Though the title may have been shortened, the musical quality of this CD certainly has not. Blatt's music allows its listeners to enter a peaceful spot in their mind, with or without the mathematical concepts. The title track was the first song written for this album, telling the story of Fibonacci's math. "Bern 'The Bear'" was composed on a trip to Switzerland; "Una Vida (One Life)" celebrates the influence of the Latin culture in California; "In a Heartbeat" reminds us how things can easily move in and out of our lives. "A Little More Sunshine" evolved from "Under the Sun" from Blatt's first CD; "Song For Chava" was composed for his daughter's thirteenth birthday. These songs are among the best of Fibonacci's Dream, but it doesn't stop there. Both musically and mathematically winsome, Fibonacci's Dream is both thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. Even for those not into strictly acoustic selections, try it; you'll like it! --The Indie Music Stop

I could tell this was going to be a great album just from reading the liner notes. In Fibonacci s Dream, Lawrence Blatt incorporates the Golden Ratio that s apparent in life and our bodies, into his own music. Blatt uses this ratio in his chord changes or progressions and in how his songs are shaped. Some of the best is brought out through the acoustic guitar on Fibonacci s Dream. The self titled track has a mystical overtone to it. Blatt s guitar playing and placement of other rhythmic instruments sound like they have much purpose. I m Leaving Now has striking chord power and is followed by a very peaceful number, Five Nights. This song makes me feel like laying out on a Californian grassy hill and sipping on some tea. Another song I admire is Song for Chava. It sounds like it traveled from the Renaissance or some influence from Bach. The last song, Move Um Out, is named such in part of the war. It sounds as if something dangerous lay ahead, then the song speeds up for the ending, creating a more hectic sound. If you love acoustic music, you ll want to add this album to your collection and you ll find that every song is great! Lawrence Blatt created original, full bodied songs with the guitar in focus on Fibonacci s Dream. --Muse's Muse

1. Bern
2. Una Vida
3. In A Heartbeat
4. Fibonacci's Dream
5. I Remember When
6. I'm Leaving Now
7. Five Nights
8. Just Before Dawn
9. A Little More Sunshine
10. Catalina
11. Song For Chava
12. La Selva
13. Move Um Out

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  • Audio CD (January 2, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LMB Music
  • ASIN: B00116GMK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2008
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The full title of Lawrence Blatt's second release of original solo guitar pieces is "Fibonacci's Dream: Eclectic Modern Mathematical Compositions for the Acoustic Guitar." And just who was Fibonacci? He is considered to be the greatest mathematician of the middle ages and introduced Europeans to the Arabic numerals that we use today. He also discovered the "Golden Ratio" that appears everywhere in the natural world. Intrigued with his findings, Blatt set out to use the Fibonacci numbers in his compositions for this album, exploring the relationships of the numbers in music. We have all heard about how closely math is tied to music, but it's usually more the logic and patterns that are found in music that are considered related to math, so Blatt's experiment and and exploration were coming at this relationship from a little different angle. I think it's very interesting that rather than sounding academic and sterile, Blatt's mathematical musings are colorful, accessible, melodic, and a real pleasure to listen to (I also really liked his previous release, "Out of the Woodwork"). Blatt recorded several of these pieces in layers, playing a variety of guitars and accompanying instruments (mostly percussive). His handmade guitars have a beautiful sound, and he explains in the the liner notes which guitars were used and how he tuned them.

"Bern `The Bear'" begins the exploration. Composed while on a trip to Switzerland, the title refers to the capital'sbeing named for the bears that used to roam the area. Short in duration, it is a warm and inviting prelude. "Una Vida (One Life)" celebrates the influence of the Latin culture on California life. Lively and rhythmic, it's a delight! "In a Heartbeat" is a sweet and gentle reminder of how quickly beautiful things can come and go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cali on April 25, 2008
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LAWRENCE BLATT
FIBONACCI'S DREAM

The second recording by Lawrence Blatt proves he is one of the best new acoustic-guitar finger-pickers on the scene.

You might be interested to know that besides being a talented guitarist, Blatt also has a degree in microbiology. This led to a love of science and mathematics. During his studies in this area, Blatt came to admire Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th Century Italian, who published a pivotal book, "Liber Abaci" (Book of Calculation) when he was 32. Fibonacci introduced Europeans to the use of Arabic numerals (the system we use today) and discovered the "Golden Ratio" that appears frequently in nature (petals on a sunflower, seeds in a pinecone, a nautilus shell or the cochlea in human ears).

Much musical theory follows Fibonacci mathematics, so Blatt decided to take it a step further on his recording and consciously apply math structures and sequences to his compositions by utilizing numerical ratios in his chord patterns, repeated phrases and tonal intervals. All music is naturally built on a mathematical foundation, so the tunes on this CD do not sound academic or sterile, but rather melodic, colorful, accessible and exhilarating.

This is a fascinating album, not so much because of the way Blatt applies math to music but because Blatt is simply an incredible finger-picker that is so versatile he can have two or even three different things going on in the music even when he is playing solo guitar!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H on January 12, 2008
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I was rather taken with the last album from Mr Blatt, "Out Of The Woodwork". And now he's back with a new, improved version of his solo acoustic, instrumental outpourings. But first some history. Leonardo Fibonacci was a 13th century Italian mathematician who published a book called "Liber Abaci"(Book of Calculation), which introduced Europeans to the use of Arabic numerals. So now you know who to blame. Number 0, my arse. Being a typical Italian, Fibonacci explained the solution to the question of how fast a hypothetical population of rabbits could breed. Not that anyone had asked him to. Fibonacci calculated that each generation of rabbits would increase by the sum of the two preceding numbers of rabbits. Fibonacci derived a series of numbers using this formula. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 and so on. Fibonacci then derived the calculation of Phi, 'The Golden Ratio' which is expressed mathematically as 1 +v5/2.

And now that we're all headached out you will probably be past knowing that Mr Blatt explains in the CD booklet about the Fibonacci series of numbers, and how much it occurs spontaneously as a measurement in important musical and visual compositions. So there.

Musically, this CD is a step up from its predecessor compositionally, and Lawrence has come up with some real gems including the LAtin American flavoured 'Una Vida (One Life)' which sees the appearance of a charango, a South American 10-stringed instrument derived from the lute. The title track, 'Fibonacci's Dream' heralds the arrival of a melody played in a sequence of repeating Fibonacci numbered phrases, something that will have a whole host of PHd students getting slightly moist. 'Just Before Dawn' is probably my favourite, a delicate piece picked out on a steel string acoustic.
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