Here’s my cover of a great Bonnie Raitt song. @cocobark from Bandlab is singing on this one.

This original is updated for 2019.

Another great collaboration from Bandlab. @cocobark on vocals, @LoneWulfProject on Acoustic guitars. I added the other parts and did the mix/master.

From the first McCartney album – 1970 a great time to be alive. This one is sung beautifully by @chrysalynn on Bandlab.

I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you. A Good Friday release of this Elton John cover. Some great performances from

@thelonewulfproject vocals, @azzronika vocals and @mojoespage guitar – These guys are some of Bandlab’s best, it was a privilege to work with them.  I added bass, piano and mandolin. Wav Version [@thelonewulfproject vocals, @azzronika vocals and @mojoespage guitar – These guys are some of Bandlab’s best, it was a privilege to work with them.  I added bass, piano and mandolin. Download]
@thelonewulfproject vocals, @azzronika vocals and @mojoespage vocals, @azzronika vocals and @mojoespage guitar – These guys are some of Bandlab’s best, it was a privilege to work with them.  I added bass, piano and mandolin.

Here’s a cover of the great old Cat Stevens tune Wild World. @eungang and @eipi from Bandlab helped out with guitar and vocals.

A trio to honor an epic trio, Emerson Lake & Palmer. From bandlab, @the_mooney_blues on 12-string acoustic, electric guitar & backing vocals; @steve2k2 on synthesizers & backing vocals; @eungang on 6-string acoustics, vocals & bass #progressive #classicrock #cover

Here’s a cover of Lady Gaga’s song ‘Always Remember Us This Way’. It is sung by Chrysalynn from New Zealand. Check out her Youtube channel and also on Bandlab. I added bass and drums and mixed/mastered it.

Here’s another cover song. I worked with Bill Farr on this. I added piano, Bill did the rest. This is a Pink Floyd song from 1971.

An a capella vocal passage was uploaded to Bandlab by @therealmadamez – it was in bad shape so I used Izotope RX7 to restore it. Then I added Indian drums, bass and a strummed crescendo guitar.

Here’s a new song by Bill Farr (@eungang) – Bill is a Boston transplant now living in South Korea. I played piano on this one. Everything else is Bill!

An old Kenny Rogers song. Always loved it. Vocals and Rhythm acoustic guitar by @thelonewulf on Bandlab – check him out! I did bass, drums, picking guitar, keys and backup harmonies on this one.

I redid this for 2019. It is still a bubble gum country flavored pop song.

Here’s a cover of the old Roberta Flack song from 1973. Elizabeth Darcel is on vocals – check her out on YouTube. Bill Farr on Acoustic guitar. I programmed the drums, played bass and keyboards.

Another great song from the Beatles Rubber Soul album. Bill Farr (@eungang) on acoustic and @eipi on vocals. (Bandlab buddies)

This is an older song that I updated with a new bass line and I also took out the drums.

@cocobark on guitar and singing, Steve on ukulele

This is a cover of a song by Oasis, uploaded to Bandlab by @jennyjonessinger. I added the Bass Guitar.

The acoustic guitar was posted by @sinceeee on Bandlab. I added in the piano.

Here’s my version of Imagine. I’ve played this on piano since it came out. At home on my old piano, at my girlfriend’s house, in my best friend’s basement, and many other places I don’t remember. Finally – here it is…done!!! @eipi did the vocals.

Here’s an update to my song End of Days.  Turn it up, put on headphones, close your eyes and imagine what you think the end will be like.

Ask Ethan: Are Quantum Fields Real?
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An illustration of the empty space of the Universe as consisting of quantum foam, where quantum fluctuations are large, varied, and important on the smallest of scales. The quantum fields that are an intrinsic part of nature are well-defined, but do not conform to our intuitive notions of how particles or waves should behave.NASA/CXC/M.WEISS

The Universe we perceive and view, all around us, isn’t representative of what actually exists at a fundamental level. Instead of continuous, solid objects, matter is composed of indivisible quantum particles, held together through invisible forces that act across empty space. Both the particles themselves and the forces can be described by an underlying structure: quantum fields, which describe everything we know about all the particles and antiparticles of the Standard Model. But are these quantum fields real? And just what do they tell us? That’s what Patreon supporter Aaron Weiss wants to know, as he asks:

I would be very interested in a post about quantum fields. Are they generally/universally believed to be real and the most fundamental aspect of our universe or just a mathematical construct? I’ve read that there are 24 fundamental quantum fields: 12 fields for fermions and 12 for bosons. But I’ve also read about quantum fields for atoms, molecules, etc. How does that work? Does everything emerge from these 24 fields and their interactions?

Let’s start with what a quantum field actually is.

The proton’s structure, modeled along with its attendant fields, show how even though it’s made out of point-like quarks and gluons, it has a finite, substantial size which arises from the interplay of the quantum forces and fields inside it. The proton, itself, is a composite, not fundamental, quantum particle.BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY

In physics, a field, in general, describes what some property of the Universe is everywhere in space. It has to have a magnitude: an amount that the field is present. It may or may not have a direction associated with it; some fields do, like electric fields, some don’t, like voltage fields. When all we had were classical fields, we stated that the fields must have some kind of source, like particles, which results in the fields existing all throughout space.

In quantum physics, though, this seemingly self-evident fact is no longer true. Whereas classical physics defines quantities like position and momentum as properties of a particle, and those properties would generate a corresponding field, quantum physics treats them differently. Instead of quantities, position and momentum (among other quantities) now become operators, which allow us to derive all the quantum weirdness you’ve heard so much about.


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Through a herculean effort of the part of theoretical physicists, the muon magnetic moment has been calculated up to five-loop order. The theoretical uncertainties are now at the level of just one part in two billion. This is a tremendous achievement that can only be made in the context of quantum field theory.2012 AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY

A quantity like an electron no longer has a well-defined position or momentum, but rather a wavefunction that describes the probability distribution of all possible positions and momenta.

You may have heard these words before, but have you ever thought about what that actually means?

It means that the electron isn’t a particle at all. It’s not something you can put your finger on and declare, “the electron is here, moving with this particular speed in this particular direction.” You can only state what the overall properties are, on average, of the space in which the electron exists.

This diagram illustrates the inherent uncertainty relation between position and momentum. When one is known more accurately, the other is inherently less able to be known accurately.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS USER MASCHEN

That doesn’t sound very particle-like, does it? In fact, that sounds more field-like: some property of the Universe everywhere in space. That’s because, in quantum field theory (QFT), quantum fields aren’t generated by matter. Instead, what we interpret as “matter” is itself a quantum field.

And these quantum fields, themselves, are made up of particles.

The electromagnetic field? Made of particles called photons.
The strong nuclear field, that holds protons and neutrons together? Made up of particles called gluons.
The weak nuclear field, responsible for radioactive decays? Made of particles called W-and-Z bosons.
Even the gravitational field, if we try and formulate a quantum version of gravity? Made of particles called gravitons.
Yes, even the gravitational waves that LIGO detected, as smooth and continuous as they appeared, should be made of individual quantum particles.

Gravitational waves propagate in one direction, alternately expanding and compressing space in mutually perpendicular directions, defined by the gravitational wave’s polarization. Gravitational waves themselves, in a quantum theory of gravity, should be made of individual quanta of the gravitational field: gravitons.M. PÖSSEL/EINSTEIN ONLINE

The reason we can use these terms of particles and fields interchangeably, in QFT, is because the quantum fields themselves encode all the information for everything. Have a particle and antiparticle annihilating? That’s described by equal-and-opposite excitations of a quantum field. Want to describe the spontaneous creation of particle-antiparticle pairs of particles? That’s also due to excitations of a quantum field.

A visualization of QCD illustrates how particle/antiparticle pairs pop out of the quantum vacuum for very small amounts of time as a consequence of Heisenberg uncertainty.DEREK B. LEINWEBER

Even particles themselves, like electrons, are just excited states of a quantum field. Every particle in the Universe, as we understand it, is a ripple, or excitation, or bundle-of-energy, of the underlying quantum field. This is true for the quarks, the gluons, the Higgs boson, and for all the other particles of the Standard Model.

The Standard Model of particle physics accounts for three of the four forces (excepting gravity), the full suite of discovered particles, and all of their interactions. Whether there are additional particles and/or interactions that are discoverable with colliders we can build on Earth is a debatable subject, but one we’ll only know the answer to if we explore past the known energy frontier.CONTEMPORARY PHYSICS EDUCATION PROJECT / DOE / NSF / LBNL

So how many fundamental quantum fields are there? Well, that depends on how you look at the theory. In the simplest QFT that describes our reality, the quantum electrodynamics of Julian Schwinger, Shinichiro Tomonaga and Richard Feynman, there are only two quantum fields: the electromagnetic field and the electron field. They interact; they transfer energy and momentum and angular momentum; excitations are created and destroyed. Every excitation that’s possible has a reverse excitation that’s also possible, which is why this theory implies the existence of positrons (antimatter counterparts of electrons). In addition, photons exist, too, as the particle equivalents of the electromagnetic field.

When we take all the forces that we understand, i.e., not including gravity, and write down the QFT version of them, we arrive at the predictions of the Standard Model.

The particles and antiparticles of the Standard Model have now all been directly detected, with the last holdout, the Higgs Boson, falling at the LHC earlier this decade. All of these particles can be created at LHC energies, and the masses of the particles lead to fundamental constants that are absolutely necessary to describe them fully. These particles can be well-described by the physics of the quantum field theories underlying the Standard Model.E. SIEGEL / BEYOND THE GALAXY

This is where the idea of 12 fermion fields and 12 boson fields come from. These fields are excitations of the underlying theories (the Standard Model) that describe the known Universe in its entirety, and include:

The six (up, down, strange, charm, bottom, top) quarks, and their antiquark counterparts,
The three charged (electron, muon, tau) and three neutral (electron neutrino, muon neutrino, tau neutrino) leptons, and their antimatter counterparts,
The eight gluons (because of the eight possible color combinations),
The two weak (W-and-Z) bosons,
The one electromagnetic (photon) boson,
And the Higgs boson.
The quarks and leptons are fermions, which is why they have antimatter counterparts, and the W boson comes in two equal-and-opposite varieties (positively and negatively charged), but all told, there are 24 unique, fundamental excitations of quantum fields possible. This is where the “24 fields” idea comes from.

Hydrogen density plots for an electron in a variety of quantum states. While three quantum numbers could explain a great deal, ‘spin’ must be added to explain the periodic table and the number of electrons in orbitals for each atom.POORLENO / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

So what about complex systems, then, like protons, atoms, molecules, and more? You have to understand that just as the 24 fields are actually excitations of the underlying QFT that describes our physical reality, these complex systems are more than just combinations of these fields put together into some stable or quasi-stable bound state.

Instead, it’s more accurate to view the entire Universe as a complicated quantum field that, itself, contains all of physics. Quantum fields can describe an arbitrarily large number of particles that interact in all ways our theories can conceivably allow. And they do this not in some vacuum of empty space, but amidst a background of not-so-empty-space, which plays by the rules of QFT, too.

Visualization of a quantum field theory calculation showing virtual particles in the quantum vacuum. (Specifically, for the strong interactions.) Even in empty space, this vacuum energy is non-zero.DEREK LEINWEBER

Particles, antiparticles, and all sorts of excitations of the fields are constantly being created-and-destroyed. Reality is fundamentally different from our classical picture of a smooth, continuous, well-defined Universe. Although it’s true that these quantum fields began as a mathematical construct, they describe our physical, observable reality more accurately than any other theory we’ve concocted. They allow us to make incredibly precise predictions about what the results of any experiment involving the quanta of the Standard Model will yield: predictions that have been borne out by every experiment sensitive enough to test them.

The Universe may not be an intuitive place, but as far as any physical theory can call itself reflective of reality, QFT has no equal in terms of its power. As long as physics remains an experimental science, this will be the standard that any candidate theory will have to supersede.

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Here are some pictures. Lettuce is about 30 days along. Beans maybe 25 days.

Here’s the enclosure:

Here’s the air supply:

Here is the lettuce so far:

Here are the beans:

Man you know you’re in trouble plenty!

And another great one – is that REALLY Kenny?

This new song is finished and released on August 7 2018.

It features Cocobark, who provided the song.

Guitars by Gerald Bailey, Steve Keith and Pedro Bossio
Bass and drums by Steve Keith
Assorted keyboards by Pedro Bossio
Piano and vocals by Cocobark

Mixed and mastered by Pedro Bossio

Three great videos for a Sunday afternoon.