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Last night, I received a dreamtime inspiration to create the above image and post it on Facebook. Why?

I am a Gemini. I seek to balance the Yin and the Yang aspects of my soul. I live in the Yin and the Yang places (Hawaii and Arizona). I even created the original YinYangBob web site nearly eight years ago to underscore that. And I try to make the kind of music that helps us connect to the Spirit realm – like a Yin-Yang Phantom. :-)

So I suppose that’s why I received this guidance in dreamtime. Which I have now expressed visually.

And tonight, actually early Halloween morning, I was awakened right after midnight with organ music which is still playing in my Third Ear. I am yet to actually play it and perhaps record it, too.

For now, Happy Halloween everyone!




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Here we are, on the eve of another Halloween. What is this holiday about?

We have conditioned our children to think that Halloween is about costumes, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns and haunted houses.  Even some adults get off on Halloween by dressing up.


Others dress up their homes.

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Some go to parties. Others throw parties in their homes. Some throw off their clothes at parties. Some even do it in streets.


At times, Elizabeth and I have done it, too.  Acting uninhibited on Halloween, that is.  

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Such as two years ago when we went native and wore our Hawaiian “skin costumes”…

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Some hide behind a mask because they feel they can get away with things they would never do openly. (Natural-born nutcases don’t need a mask. Just look at Elizabeth and me… 🙂 ).

Why do people do all these crazy things on Halloween? Because it is fun to pretend once in a while to be someone you are not. Halloween is an open masquerade ball for all, not just the kids.

But not this year.  This year, my Halloween treat for all of you will be the “Phantom of the Opera.” It is a gift of music created by a man who wore a mask because he was ashamed of his looks. He thought his facial disfigurement would deprive him of affection of a beautiful woman with whom he was in love.

In the end, he proved that the power of love and music can overcome any physical handicaps. In the end, the Phantom won the heart of the young Christine using the alchemy of music.  His love, coaching and musical mastery transformed a mere chorus girl into an operatic diva (click here for plot synopsis).


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This Halloween inspiration  came to me this past Sunday as I “doodled” on my new Clavinova keyboard. Suddenly, I was hearing the sounds of the “Phantom of the Opera.”  I first heard it and recorded it in Dec 2008.  And again in May 2010. Only this time, I was able to reproduce the theme melody using various orchestral voices. Which I eventually resulted in this, my third, recording of my “Phantom of the Opera” rendition. 

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And now, here are also my two earlier recordings of the “Phantom of the Opera:”

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The “Phantom” in black and white… 🙂

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And two earlier versions of the “Phantom.” Finally, the Gemini-Yin-Yang Phantom…

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It was almost a year ago that Camille Saint-Saens’ “Swan” landed in my life after about a five-year flight (see “The Swan,” Nov 2012).  Since that time, the piece, originally written for cello and piano, has gone through several metamorphoses.

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Here it is now first in its original Saint-Saens orchestration (cello, piano), as well as performed on a harp and strings on my new Yamaha Clavinova 609 “digital orchestra” instrument.

Of course, as is usually the case with my musical creations, this version is slightly different from the original score written by Saint-Saens. It’s just the way I hear things… Sorry, Camille. 🙂  Hope you like it, though…

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And now, here’s a cello and harp rendition which includes a wonderful ballet performance of the “Dying Swan” by the Russian ballerina Uliana Lopatkova:

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And now, here’s “The Swan” as it originally arrived in my piano rendition, recorded last year at our Rainbow Shower home in Maui, Hawaii…

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La Campanella Variations – on Piano, Orchestra, Violin, Harp, Clarinet

Performed on Yamaha Clavinova 609 – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Oct 24, 2013

Just before the Spring Equinox 2012, I received a musical download in dreamtime. In and of itself, that’s nothing unusual. I have gotten many such gifts over the years from Masters like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Vivaldi and others. Nor was it strange that I did not at first exactly what the piece was. A number of times before, I have had to record something first before some of you, my musically educated friends, helped me identify it.Liszt_Bob 2

What was unique about this March 19, 2012 download, however, was that it was actually a gift from my Higher Self. Even though I did not know its name, I knew instinctively that the music was a Franz Liszt composition. And Liszt was one of my 19th century incarnations (right).

Another thing that was quite extraordinary was that as soon as I set out to find out on the Internet what this music was, the very first piece I clicked on on Youtube was “La Campanella.” Then I found out its meaning and history…

The word means “little bells” in Italian. The original piece was written by Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), arguably the greatest violinist that ever lived.  Liszt adapted it for piano. And today, I was moved to record it in a variety of different orchestral voice.

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So with apologies to Paganini (guess I don’t have to apologize to Liszt 🙂 ), here it is now, as recorded this morning on my new Yamaha Clavinova 609 “Digital Orchestra” box.

And now, here’s also that first recording of “La Campanella” from March 2012:

La Campanella by Liszt – in Bob Altzar’s inaugural interpretation


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I seem to be on a roll this Full Moon-Lunar Eclipse day. This morning, I sat down just to fool around on my new Yamaha Clavinova.  As I usually do, I started with Mozart. His pieces are always good for warming up the fingers.

Suddenly, this “fooling around” led to a new creation – Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto but on Flutes and String Orchestra. I never even set up the cameras. I recorded just the sound and then later added the video I had filmed earlier.

In my humble opinion, and with apologies to the great composer who has also written many flute pieces, to me, this sounds better than the original clarinet version. What do you think?


Full Moon

It is time to prepare for another Full Moon. This time, the Moon is in Aries. And at the same time, there will be a partial lunar eclipse.  Alas, those of us who will experience that in daylight hours will miss both. But not tonight…

Tonight, we honor Mother Moon with a special moonlight ceremony to the sound of a new recording of Moonlight Sonata which I made this evening on my new Yamaha Clavinova. Enjoy!

Moonlight Sonata for Full Moon-Lunar Eclipse (Oct 18)

The exact time of the full moon is:
Friday * 18th October 2013 * 04:37:42 pm
Arizona time (PDT)
Moon sign: Aries 25° 45′

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:

WELLINGTON = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 12:37:42 pm (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 10:37:42 am (AEDT)
TOKYO = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 08:37:42 am (JST)
BEIJING = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 07:37:42 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 06:37:42 am (ICT)
DELHI = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 05:07:42 am (IST)
MOSCOW = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 03:37:42 am (MSK)
RIYADH = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 02:37:42 am (AST)
BERLIN = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 01:37:42 am (CEST)
LONDON = Saturday * 19th October 2013 * 12:37:42 am (BST)
RIO = Friday * 18th October 2013 * 08:37:42 pm (BRT)
NEW YORK = Friday * 18th October 2013 * 07:37:42 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Friday * 18th October 2013 * 06:37:42 pm (CDT)
LOS ANGELES = Friday * 18th October 2013 * 04:37:42 pm (PDT)
HONOLULU = Friday * 18th October 2013 * 01:37:42 pm (HAST)


Owl Snake

Bobcat Buffalo Bizon

First, it was the Bobcat. Twice. Then the Snake/Serpent. Then the Owl. Also twice.

All these “close encounters of the wild kind” occurred in the last few days (see BOBCAT SIGHTED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN SCOTTSDALE DC RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD and OUR OWL RETURNS). I was pretty sure that they were all spirit animal signs from the celestial realm. But what did this sacred animal parade mean, and why did they all come now?

I got my answers to these questions last night in dreamtime. Each of these animals is aligned with a particular element and the cardinal direction. As an Inca-trained as thrice ordained shaman by the Andean mountain spirits themselves, I have known this for quite a few years. In fact, you will find a description of each of the four key sacred animals on the home page of my old web site.

The new news here, however, is how the the sacred animals appear here in the Arizona desert.

   Sacred Animal       Cardinal Direction   Element                 Meaning

(Andean totems are in parenthesis}
Owl (Condor)Owl East Air Inner wisdom, insight, vision, spirituality
Snake (Serpent) Snake South Fire Transformation
Bobcat (Jaguar, Bear)Bobcat West Water Fluidity in motion, stealth, courage

So what about the fourth cardinal direction (North)? And the fourth element (Earth)? At first, I thought this was yet to come. And then I realized this was actually the second sign I received. Here it is. The sacred Buffalo appeared to me in this massive stone two weeks ago upon my last descent from Calvary Hill Arizona (Sep 25), right after the first owl encounter.

Buffalo (Turtle) Buffalo Bizon North Earth Stability, grounding
(in some native cultures, Turtle is also seen as the sacred animal associated with the Earth and North)

Do you want to know what was really fascinating about all these spirit signs? When the Owl appeared, I was facing East. When the Bobcats appeared, Elizabeth and I were facing West. When my Buffalo encounter happened, I could only see that image in the face of the rock when facing North.  When I almost ran across the snake on my bike, I was heading South.  It gives one goose bumps, doesn’t it?

Finally, when I was descending from my Calvary Hill Arizona hike yesterday, something made me stop at the Buffalo sacred rock and play Amazing Grace on my flute. A strong gust of wind picked up. I knew it was a sign of the Spirit that acknowledging my music. In fact, it made me stop playing. Which made me turn around before I could continue playing  (you can’t play the flute into the wind… for those of you who are not flute players).

You only need one guess which cardinal direction the wind made me face? (North, of course). 🙂

And so it goes… Every day in everything one does there is a presence of Spirit. One just needs to open one’s heart and soul to it.


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“Zorba the Greek” Music on Sax, Marimba – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – was the finale of my yesterday’s recording session. on the Yamaha Clavinova 609 “digital orchestra.”  The music came to me spontaneously, “out of the blue,” as you will see in this video. I then added to it the dance part that Elizabeth and I filmed back in Maui on Nov 10, 2011. We had just returned from a long trip across Europe. Our visits to Athens and Delphi were two of the highlights (see Europe 2011: Epic Pilgrimage along Spine of Europe (Oct 2011).

Direct Youtube link:

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New Yamaha Digital Orchestra: Beethoven Violin Romance – Introduction – Part 1 of 2

Remember how gleefully we welcomed the sound of an ice cream truck when we were kids? Well, on Wednesday of this week, a musical ice cream truck arrived at Eagle’s Nest. And it brought not just ice cream, but hundreds of different toppings (candies). Ever since, I have been like a kid in a candy store, sampling different flavors for different occasions.

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For those of you wondering what I am talking about here metaphorically, I should tell you that a fascinating new musical instrument that arrived at Eagle’s Nest on Wednesday. It is the top-of-the-line Yamaha Clavinova.  

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 2.46.27 PMI ordered it in passing, literally, through Tucson last weekend. And it’s a marvel. Even its grand piano sound quality is comparable to that of my Steinway grand back in Hawaii. But that’s just a start. This Yamaha is literally a digital symphony orchestra and a jazz and pop band in a box.

Often times, I receive musical downloads from the Spirit realm that are not piano pieces. Up until now, I’ve had to adapt them to piano, since that’s the only instrument I could play well (besides the flutes and Tibetan bowls).  No more. Now I can let my creativity run wild.

Imagine being able to create music with an orchestra of 1,200 instruments, including a choir?  It is like being in musical candy store with that many flavors. See now how the ice cream truck fits in?

So I decided to share and give you a little taste of it.

Direct Youtube link:


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New Yamaha Digital Orchestra: Beethoven Violin Romance – Variations of Variation 1 – Part 2 of 2

And now, here are some variations of the Variation 1 of Beethoven’s Violin Romance.  You’ll hear some pretty extraordinary sounds.  And quite a variety of variations. I promise… 🙂

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What happened during the course of creating and recording these two videos is the latest example of the Refusion of Arts and Sciences that the Internet era has enabled. I first discerned it and wrote about it in a Nov 1994 article.  The Musical Mystery Story, created in Nov 2010, which involved Beethoven and Mozart, was another example of it.

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