Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness. Alain Danielou traces the development of musical scales and. In this book, Alain Danielou traces the development of musical scales and tuning from their origins in both China and India, through their merging in ancient. Music and the Power of Sound by Alain Danielou, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Billy marked it opwer to-read Apr 14, If we represent the notes by their frequencies, it will not make things any easier, because the frequencies, being inversely proportional to the string lengths, do not vanielou a direct comparison of intervals either. But if we want to rise above mere practice and search for the principles that allow such realizations, we have to give up the outlook of faith and accept only the logic of reason.

Danielou’s talents seem unending. Furthermore, the S b u jin g and the Han shu admit of the seven notes from the an times: During the first moon, all beings come to life under the y a n g influx. These two lines can be combined in four different ways, forming the four xiang or digrams, as follows: Plato will thus fill the intervals of the primitive series 1: His numerous books, the product of a career spanning six decades, include: It shouts out the universe, which is not distinct from poewr that is to say, it thinks it—hence the word sabda [word].

David Dines rated it really liked it Aug 28, They determine the space in which the notes move but can in no way be taken for the notes themselves: Here, it seemed to me, was someone who was answering with clarity and precision many of the questions that had been preoccupying me concerning the nature of music and its power to evoke in us feelings and images. He wanted them to regulate those immovable principles only according to the proportional and analogical harmony of numbers. The I ch in g itself, with its metaphysical trigrams, may have survived the persecution of scholars only because of its magical applications.

They willingly conceive of abstract principles, but only to find immediate applications for them.


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Megan marked it as to-read Jul 04, To them it seems essential to maintain order and harmony in our material world, and to achieve the sund proportions in individual and social life that only the knowledge of the subtle correspondences between things can allow, harmonizing them with the help of appropriate sounds. This is why we find it quite normal to change the course of sounds if to do so brings some immediate simplification; and this leads us to try to change the endless spiral of fifths into a closed circle, danieloj tear up the comma and divide it between the other notes and so bring the cycle of sounds within the narrow limits of human logic.

The metaphysical doctrine Pythagorean and Vedantic considers the subtle body as mortal and even takes it as the fearful symbol of ultimate death, whereas the religious doctrines, to which Christianity and Islam belong, and which do not envisage the final stage of liberation moksha but take heaven svarga to be the ultimate end, consider the subtle body, which is then called the soul, as immortal.

Our ears can apparently be satisfied by a very approximate accuracy.

These divisions can be pursued indefinitely powee divisions of the fourth, fifth, 72th order. F ifth a n d M odulation.

Roshni rated it liked it Apr 22, Composed xanielou the mythical emperor Fu Xi in the fourth millenium B. But in other periods, another interpretation must be given to it.

Ignorance of these small artifices of calculation leads to endless classifications of intervals lacking all basis in reality. Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness, a power founded in the purity of simple harmonic ratios.

Music and the Power of Sound: The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness

Then, comparing the structures of the most important systems, we shall see whether it is possible to bring all the intervals that they use within a single framework without distorting them as equal temperament does. They consider this system to be more practical because it can always be accurately established without the help of any measuring instrument. According to Western scholars, the diatonic division of the scale was not the most ancient in Greece. Nickolas marked it as to-read Aug 29, If the tone is divided into two halftones, the scale shown wlain example 23 results.

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But if we habitually use inaccurate intervals on the grounds that our ear does not clearly perceive the difference, the effect that those sounds will produce on our organism can well be the opposite of that which our complacent ears persist in accepting.

Westerners generally deny that there is a division of sounds tbe perfect accord with the rules of musical expression, as well as with the laws of acoustics, and they hide their ignorance behind the impressive word psychology.

This is much more probable and brings us back within the laws of acoustics, from which there is no reason to suppose that Greek music ever went astray. The substance of his theories rests on an experience, deeper than one might imagine, of the essence of music as it is found in the East.

If the y in and the y a n g agree, allain when the seasons come, the influx of the lii responds. The example we gave above shows only one of the numerous modes based on the enharmonic principle that are used by Indian musicians.

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Attempts are made to define the effects of certain combinations of sounds, but these effects are discovered almost fortuitously and no search is made for their underlying cause. But as their calculations were based on the arithmetical properties of numbers and not on their expressive correspondences, they did not bear the test of experience and were never used in music because they were impractical.

This by no means excludes their physical reality. W hy then do we experience more difficulty in fixing the divisions of sound than we do the divisions of light? If the zhi [tonic: If the huang zhong is fundamental, the second [D, Re] suits the ministers.