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Music as a ‘universal language’

How music is a ‘universal language’ probably depends on how you define ‘universal’. Humans can hear air vibrations from about 20 hz (cycles/sec) to about 20,000 hz. Much depends on the acuity of hearing one was born with, how many … Continue reading

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The Utility of Violence and War

(In response to a friend’s comment “Don’t we have to have nuclear weapons?”) The history of humanity is the long sad history of violence and revenge. The first tools of violence were certainly just fists, then we graduated to rocks, … Continue reading

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Music as a ‘Representational’ Art Form

Arguably most of the visual arts down through the ages have been ‘representational’ — that is, the artwork depicts something recognizable by most people (in their cultural context). Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is instantly recognizable as a woman: Van Gogh’s … Continue reading

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Jakob Boehme (Böhme), ‘Wrath’, and the Uses of Music

Jakob Böhme (1575 – 1624) was a Christian (Lutheran!) German mystic and theologian. By trade he was a shoemaker, but inspired by visions he wrote numerous theosophical volumes that were important influences on John Milton, Ludwig Tieck, Novalis, William Blake, Schelling … Continue reading

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New Music: ‘Zeus’

Here is a piece based on the musico-numerological representation of the name ‘Zeus’, for glass armonica, violin, cello, claves & finger cymbals. The ‘Zeus’ musico-numerological sygil is played by the glass armonica. Zeus (pdf of score) Zeus (mp3, duration 1:15) … Continue reading

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“Babel”

I wonder if Babel did a much more thorough number on Humanity than I previously imagined. It’s bad enough that Humanity has been split into English, Swahili, Etruscan, and so on. But even we who all supposedly speak English seem … Continue reading

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Number Bases for Musical Gematria & Numerology

From a numerological point of view, it doesn’t matter whether we represent seven as ‘seven’ (English), ’7′ (Arabic numerals), ‘VII’ (Roman numerals) or ‘ε’ (ancient Greece). For some purposes (as we shall see shortly) it might be more convenient/transparent to … Continue reading

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“Permanence”

I open a journal I wrote ten years ago. I recognize the handwriting, but who the hell wrote this drivel? I write in my journal today… Will the so-called ‘me’ who may read this a decade from now Have the … Continue reading

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Musings about a “Poetic Theology”

“God is an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere.” —Hermes Trismegistus, “thrice-great Hermes”, Book of the 24 Philosophers. “The whole visible world is only an imperceptible atom in the ample bosom of nature. No idea … Continue reading

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“The Lip of Insanity”

I have lived on the lip of insanity, Wanting to know reasons, Knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside. –Rumi

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