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Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color

Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color
Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 81 HARMONY is a state recognized by great philosophers as the immediate prerequisite of beauty. A compound is termed beautiful only when its parts are in harmonious combination. The universe is made up of successive gradations of good, these gradations ascending from matter (which is the least degree of good) to spirit (which is the greatest degree of good). It is highly probable that the Greek initiates gained their knowledge of the philosophic and therapeutic aspects of music from the Egyptians, who, in turn, considered Hermes the founder of the art. While the early Chinese, Hindus, Persians, Egyptians, Israelites, and Greeks employed both vocal and instrumental music in their religious ceremonials, also to complement their poetry and drama, it remained for Pythagoras to raise the art to its true dignity by demonstrating its mathematical foundation. Click to enlargeTHE INTERVALS AND HARMONIES OF THE SPHERES. From Fludd's De Musica Mundana. Related:  lynnylouwhoColorMusicMisc.New Age

Harmony and Proportion: Pythagoras: Music and Space Pythagoras (6th century BC) observed that when the blacksmith struck his anvil, different notes were produced according to the weight of the hammer. Number (in this case amount of weight) seemed to govern musical tone... See if you can hear the sound in your imagination before it comes, by judging from the proportions of the string lengths. The first one's easy. Again, number (in this case amount of space) seemed to govern musical tone. He also discovered that if the length of the two strings are in relation to each other 2:3, the difference in pitch is called a fifth: ...and if the length of the strings are in relation to each other 3:4, then the difference is called a fourth. Thus the musical notation of the Greeks, which we have inherited can be expressed mathematically as 1:2:3:4 All this above can be summarised in the following. (Another consonance which the Greeks recognised was the octave plus a fifth, where 9:18 = 1:2, an octave, and 18:27 = 2:3, a fifth;)

The magical mathematics of music May 2005 The astronomer Galileo Galilei observed in 1623 that the entire universe "is written in the language of mathematics", and indeed it is remarkable the extent to which science and society are governed by mathematical ideas. It is perhaps even more surprising that music, with all its passion and emotion, is also based upon mathematical relationships. Pitch: Wave frequencies Music appears to be transmitted by magic, escaping from your expensive stereo - or a loudly passing car radio, or a guitar-strumming maestro - and accosting your eardrums in one fell swoop. A sound wave creates minute pockets of higher and lower air pressure, and all the sounds we hear are caused by these pressure changes. For example, consider the note called "Middle C" (usually the first note learned in piano lessons). This graph provides a sort of "picture" of Middle C. A basic rule is that higher-pitched notes have a higher frequency, corresponding to more frequent air pocket arrivals. In perfect harmony

Visual Music Summary of Mapping elements of colour to soundExtensive Historical information related to visual music at Fred Callopy of rhythmiclight in his website he gives an excellent historical account of colour and music in terms of the literature available on artists/composers/researchers who worked in this area. As well as summarising some of the colour to music scales, he also presents other attributes of image and music focused on, some I have included here from the site. LIST OF MAPPINGS of colour to music (compiled at rhythmiclight website)Fred Callopy reviews the literature re colour and music and has presented these according to these categories LINK Pitch to HueThe most persistent association of color and music has been the effort to correlate discrete hues with specific tones. Dark to Deep"And dark and light colors do actually have effects which are comparable to low and high musical tones.

Transhumanism, Freemasonry and the Internet as God By David Livingstone, author of Pseudoscience It could be said that transhumanism is Freemasonry for the technological age. This agenda begins with the founders of Rosicrucianism, the sorcerer John Dee and Francis Bacon, who is credited with introducing the scientific method which opened the way for the Scientific Revolution. This vision of the transformative power of science has been married to the Kabbalistic idea of progress, which is deemed to provide the basis for man’s evolution towards becoming a more “perfect” being. This—the evolution of man into superman—was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern Masonry is, not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. Later in the book, Wilmshurst further explains: Cosmic Consciousness Arthur C. Global Mind

About Sacred Geometry Introduction Sacred Geometry is the blueprint of Creation and the genesis of all form. It is an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the precise way that the energy of Creation organizes itself. On every scale, every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes. As you enter the world of Sacred Geometry you begin to see as never before the wonderfully patterned beauty of Creation. The ancients believed that the experience of Sacred Geometry was essential to the education of the soul. The Platonic Solids As far back as Greek Mystery schools 2500 years ago, we as a species were taught that there are five perfect 3-dimensional forms -The tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. Sacred Geometry Geometric shapes actually represent the manifest stages of 'becoming'. The Energy in Action All types of crystals, natural and cultured. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Pythagoras and Music of Life Pythagoras & Music of the Spheres There is geometry in the humming of the strings ... there is music in the spacing of the spheres. Pythagoras From Egypt we move across the Mediterranean Sea to the Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras, whose ideas dominate most of the material in this course. We'll introduce Pythagoras and his secret society of the Pythagoreans. We'll look at the Pythagoreans' ideas about numbers, as a prelude to our next unit on number symbolism. Our main link between Egypt and Greece seems to be Thales c 640-550 BC, father of Greek mathematics, astronomy, and Philosophy, and was one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Raphael's School of Athens Slide 3-1: Raphael's School of Athens 1510-11. Janson, H. Pythagoras is shown in this famous painting, done by Raphael in 1510-11, which also shows most of the Greek philosophers. Socrates sprawls on the steps at their feet, the hemlock cup nearby. Plato's student Aristotle, the man of good sense, stands next to him. 2 Dyad.

Diminished Chords - Understanding Diminished Chords Diminished chords, like major and minor chords, occur naturally in every key, and each key has only one diminished chord. Intervals in a Diminished Chord A diminished chord is built similarly to a minor chord, except for its fifth. It consists of the following intervals: Root: The note upon which a chord is based, no matter its inversion. Compare the following B chords (click for sound): B Major: B-D#-F# (major 3rd, perfect 5th)B Minor: B-D-F# (perfect 5th)B Diminished: B-D-F (dim 5th) Character and Mood of Diminished Chords A diminished chord’s character is best described as ambiguous. Diminished Chords and “Dissonance” The reason for a diminished chord’s bizarre sound is its tonal instability (or “dissonance”). In a minor chord, the perfect fifth is what provides resolution; but in a dim chord, the fifth has been flattened. Abbreviating Diminished Chords In piano music, diminished chords can be abbreviated as follows:

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