|There is now in contemporary
culture a digital revolution occurring whereby one can interact with
musical form in fast, connivent and compact/miniature medium for music
playback. This comes in the form of musical compression technology,
taking form primarily as the MP3 file format using hardware audio
delivery system i.e. the MP3 player or popular 'I-POD'. The MP3 format
is currently the main compression format for use in the commercial
There seems to be a major issue starting to emerge with this technology
revolution in which the essence of the musical experience is becoming
limited and disjointed. The key factors include compression technology
whereby the fundamental harmonic matrix has been changed in order
to save space and download time. The other issue is the audio delivery
system via earphones which is the most common choice of the consumer
in which a further limited auditory experience can occur if other
external audio methods of listening aren't employed.
Everybody has a idea what the musical experience means to them,
but this article addresses what the ancient preist-musicans called
the 'Music of the Spheres' whereby music could be used as a immersion
tool for higher experience of mind-body-spirit to augment of the
sates of joy, ecstasy for one to be in harmonic resonance with nature
The earth and the cosmos according to the ancient Sanskrit -Vedas
and Hebrew - Psalms are a musical score where we all play our role
as musicians in the orchestration of life and it is when we join
together in this song and dance of the divine that the holistic
interplay comes alive.
Music is universal everyone can speak it. It has a power to express
cross cultural interconnectedness and unification. There can be
a sense of community, joy and festival if the right factors are
employed. The experience is powerful, unifying and immersive, employing
all senses incorporating mind body and spirit.
The emerging issue points to a breakdown in this universal communication
through modern technology. Musicologists and music technologists
around the world are suggesting there is issue with compression
technology i.e. the MP3 format for the use in music playback, whereby
a loss in fidelity (quality of sound) in the music compression process
can lead to a disjointed musical experience overlooking the holistic
body-mind-spirit connection with the universal sound current.
The MP3 format and its analogy:
The MP3 is currently the main file format used in the music industry,
it takes little space and it is argued that quality is kept in the
listening process. MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 or Mp3 is short for a digital
audio encoding format using a form of lossy data compression. Not
considered High Fidelity, created at 1/10th the size of the CD file
created form the original audio source - current standard at 44.1hz
(bit rate of 1,411.2 kbit/s 16bit) and MP3 works anywhere from (128kbit/s
to maximum 320kbit/s) A rough comparison using 44.1Khz at 16 bit
would be 600mb for audio CD at 60min and 6mb for MP3 at 60mins.
In the compression process the technical principles uses the science
of psychoacoustic (how the brain interprets sound) models to reduce
precision of components less audible to human hearing.
If we have an analogy to the MP3 compression format in the image
format then this would be best equated with a JPEG image whereby
the resolution and pixels have been compromised to a certain extent.
Thus when creating a MP3 file (lossy audio encoding) there is a
trade-off between space and quality.
Through this file format in the digital domain the music industry
has quickly moved to capitalise on this ease of use with the digital
samples. The ability to move, cut, paste and recopy has seen a explosion
in file sharing and file transfer.
Insight into the holistic interplay
This author is interested in how the higher holistic experience
of music can give the listener through biofeedback and entrainment
principles of resonance the experience of one as a musical note
moving through space without any boundaries. Thus when certain frequency
components have been removed through compression technology then
the original composition say of a sacred music piece, looses its
original frequency patterns. So let us examine why this may be an
The digital music can range from software code to real world sampling
anything can be created via digital sampling and synthesis. This
process of creating music can be tailored for an intellectual experience,
emotional experience or in the case of this author preposes music
as a means for change for inductive resonance or interconnectedness.
So what is happing with the loss of fidelity in the digital sample
revolution in connection with sound healers and music therapists?
What is postulated is that frequency and its components are the
key factor to induce a beneficial therapeutic response in the physiological
and psychological conditions of the human subject(s). This according
to researchers occurs via entrainment principles whereby certain
harmonic components trigger a interhemispheric coherence in the
brain and nervous system inducing altered sates of consciousness
whereby the subject can feedback new information into the body complex
system for healing and transformation. This is well documented by
the Hemi-Sync Process, Alfred Tomatis and ancient shamans using
Our body working in a frequency range in meditation around 8hz
and our brain wave states operate from 0hz to 40Hz. Our bones have
resonant frequencies in the upper frequency range. Basically we
are a complex vibratory system in which harmonic resonance allows
an interconnection with the environment. It is when we are out of
vibratory sync with nature and supernature that we get sick and
have troubles integrating new energy patterns, Itzhak Bentov examined
and demonstrated this ancient concept of disease in his book Stalking
The Wild Pendulum:
|Illness is an out of tune behavior of
the body. When a gland is distressed, its frequency loses the
beat that goes with the other glands. If the frequencies cannot
circulate freely to and though that organ or system of the body,
it begins to play the wrong notes. Its timing is off and friction
will escalate into some disease.Illness is an out of tune behavior
of the body. It loses life energy; it is isolated and not a
well functioning and contributing part of the whole. It experiences
a lack of ease - or disease. Through sound, you can apply harmonizing
vibrations that will stimulate this organ to reconnect, raise
its frequencies and rise in tune with the body again.
The human energy field can be explained as a vibratory string or
chord thus at certain sections occur nodal or resonance points.
Basically what happens at this higher interdimensional harmonic
node points is that if certain harmonic ranges have been truncated
then the kinetic energy can't transfer from one octave to another
higher harmonic or sub-harmonic, in turn causing a disharmony in
the vibratory system.
It is quite well known in the new quantum physics that the original
intention of the composer can imprint on the sound waves directly.
Thus if this information is some how encoded on a higher level then
that key frequency range and how it interplays with the other harmonics
is lost. An analogy in biophysics would be what genetics are saying
out junk DNA which comprises 97% of the genetic material in which
this junk DNA may be just as important as the other 3% which drives
the genetic code Another analogy in astrophysics would be the substance
of the universe - matter is around +/- 6% in total, leaving another
+90 of dark matter and dark energy. Therefore if we start subtracting
information that is deemed not useful then can we fully access the
complete experience and spectrum of the musical harmonic experience.
This is also evident in the relationship of geometry and sound
which on a higher level come together. In the expression of sacred
music we can see how visually that the geometry the Sri-Yantra can
be formed by the sacred seed syllable of ancient Indian mantra the
'OM'. This was chanted into a tonoscope by the work of Hans Jenny
in the science of cymatics showing how perfect form can manifest
through sound. Thus showing how Yantra (Image) and Mantra (Sacred
Sound) become one.
What is not shown here is how the Sri-yantra is NOT formed if the
'Om' is slightly chanted incorrectly. Here is another example of
perfect sound and disharmonious sound as seen in geometry for a
basic understanding and analogy.
The other factors
Of course the playback system and the recording system is just
as important as the delivery system. Headphones are important for
certain types of musical experience - i.e. binaural beats need to
be transmitted in this way. Certainly MP3 players or 'I-POD's' have
there place in pod-casting, digital interviews and giving people
a experience of music whereby one may never have had the opportunity.
But in the experience of community of music the 'I-POD' revolution
may be at best hyper-individual seclusion form the external interactive
world. Instead of retreating to a sonic safe place let as a biological
musical transducers take it up us to sing with one another and sing
with the earth and cosmos. Let us realise it is more about quality
than quantity and rethink where we are going as biological musical
instruments in the song of life.
If we are to experience a full manifestation of the musical-sound
scape of life then the whole body needs to be incorporated harmonically
and vibratory. Sound is as much in us and we are in sound, the ancient
Vedas of the Sanskrit tradition talked about the supersonic plane
of the cosmic sound that remained a pure tone. This may be akin
the level of celestial sounds one can hear in advance yogi stages
of sound-mediation. Basically these ancient wrote about how we are
a modulation of the original carrier wave or sound wave and if we
are to be in sync or in synergy with this higher sonic-template
which controls the spin points of this matter-energy system then
the asymmetry we exist need needs to be modulated after certain
key musical patterns and scales that open up the geometry boundaries
for higher resonance. For certain the ancient cultures used musical
instruments to do this wether you see the aboriginal didgeridoo
or the Tibetan horn or the Fijian conch shell or the harmonic over
toning of the monks of Tibet these all used complex frequency ranges
above and below our centre human hearing range in order to stimulate
a whole body immersion for a higher experience. They didn't simply
use headphones to stimulate the brain and ear cavities rather they
tuned the whole body where the skin became the drum, to transmit
vibratory beats to come in sync with mother earth.
Are we becoming as hyper-individualistic subculture out of sync
with the cosmic heartbeat. We need to rethink how we are to use
this digital revolution to our advantage and realise that we may
be cutting short our experience of life and its fullest experience
we can like the ancient yogi's become inner cosmonaughts opening
an interconnection with the Divine and its creation.
Darren Curtis is a sacred sound/music composer who uses specific
advanced acoustic feedback techniques to compose through the medium
of Interdimensional Music. He believes that the encoding of the
original musical-sonic frequencies need to be preserved as the composer
originally imprinted it. You may download a sample of his music
in mp3 format but in order to experience the symphony of the higher
musical experience please purchase e a CD album from www.sacredresonance.com.au
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Darren Curtis © 2008