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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The interval of the octave Sa to upper Sa is equal to two when expressed as a ratio of frequencies, since a rise’in pitch of one octave corresponds to a doubling of the frequency of vibration of the sound or to a halving of the string length. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Unfortunately this gives an inaccurate answer, since the octave is thereby divided into parts instead of Insisting upon only one form of emotion, the mood slowly penetrates even the most inattentive hearers and establishes itself in their minds.

The affirmation of the perpetuity of the Vedas is directly connected with the cosmological theory of the primordial nature of sound among sensible qualities sound being the particular quality of ether, akasa, which is the first element. The importance of these developments in the general history of music should not be overestimated, however. Musical intervals and scales.

The intervals obtained by this method certainly do not divide the tone into four equal parts. Adam Sher marked it as to-read Feb 03, For ordinary assemblies at the court, the lii of the month should be taken as fundamental. It was therefore also the symbol of the coordination of sounds and, as such, applied to the lyre of Hermes.

Shadja bom of sixRishabha bullGandhara pleasing to celestial beingsMadhyama middle soundPanchama fifth noteDhaivata deceitfuland Nishada seated.

It is with our mind alone that we accept this inaccurate music, which leaves us tired and tense through an eanielou effort of adaptation, instead of agreeably transformed by the beneficial influence of the harmony. W hen they disregard the importance of the ison, learned and respectable Westerners only show that they understand nothing of the Eastern music they pretend to study and explain, and that they perceive nothing of its marvelous power.

Price may vary by retailer. For us, this limitless spiral can be the joint in the structure of the world, the narrow gate that will allow us to escape from the appearance of a closed universe, to travel in other worlds and explore their secrets.


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

This is a brilliant book which talks not just about the mathematical but also the spiritual aspects of music. It is only the materialized idea spbota in the shape of sound dhvani that is perceived E qualized o r T em p ered D ivision s Considering the first series of fifths, we can obtain the six perfect tones five fifths and the tonic: Words can only form a proposition, an intelligible sentence, when they are associated in a logical sequence according to the laws of intellect.

We might be tempted to see in these formulas a series of metaphors; the Chinese have seen in them, from the very beginning. In the ancient law, Hebraic or Hindu, the numbers and srutis of the lost gram as scales are piously kept, but in the new law Islam tbe, they are left out of the general theory because they are so alqin used. T he difference is merely one of conventional notation. In this modem scale, the Greeks would have called E Ga the fundamental.

Leonardo marked it as to-read Oct 08, It would have taken any decent musicologist several I like to see this thought-provoking book as a thoroughly well-researched essay that touches on subjects that most curious musicians would have pondered on: Your email address will not be published.

According to Western scholars, the diatonic division of the scale was not the most ancient in Greece. Others, such as the relaxed modes, inspire carelessness and laziness. 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 Greece, and on to the development of the Western traditions of modal and polyphonic music.

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T he Indian classification deals once and for all with the subject of musical relations. This is by no means common. Thus is born harmony, which is the art of superimposing sounds. The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness. He was nad initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone.

This division differs only by one note from the Indian division. It is the loss of this tonic pedal somewhere in the course of history that renders the modes of plainchant so vague and so weak. But before we can study musical systems, it is necessary to define the exact nature of sounds and their relations. The most serious studies on Greek music were written by Arab scholars such as al-Farabl in the tenth century and Avicenna sanielou little later, while Westerners— Boethius in particular—had oc made the most terrible mistakes.


In this season winter solsticethe y a n g influx, male and hot, is hidden in the earth. Back cover copy With his fierce, global intelligence, Alain Danielou was the first to wake up the Dahielou to the universality of musical harmony and its potential for planetary consciousness.

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.


There are some exceptions to this rule, when M a dvra F I corresponds to an expression of fear and pain. A ffin ities o f th e M u sica l N otes As we have already seen, the different aspects of the perceptible world are parallel manifestations of undifferentiated common principles. T he T h eory o f th e S ca le The Pythagorean theory can be very briefly expressed as follows: The division of the tone into several intervals is necessary for accurate playing, and although it is easy for a well-trained ear to discern whether an interval is accurate, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to find out, without special instruments, in what proportion an interval is bigger or smaller than another.

Just like Dannielou Bussotti writes in the foreword, I found myself nodding sometime ecstatically! According to the Lii sbi cbun qiu, the most ancient text on the lii: W h en music is thus reformed it loses its true zlain, and its magical effects, henceforth uncontrolled, can become dangerous.

Such a scale can never be accurate. This is why the problem did not arise in ancient music, as such instruments were always present in a musical performance. To be able to realize their beauty or directly perceive their meaning is another matter and generally requires very long practice.

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