Mercoledì, 26 Ottobre 2016 08:45

Harmonic planetarium

At the House of Music and Lutherie in Randazzo, a little medieval village on mount Etna, you can also see, and listen to !, a reproduction of Cosmos according to Pythagoras, Plato and Aristoteles. Each planet and the stars have a sound of the diatonic major scale (Dorico). The stars have C all together, then you find Saturn on D , Juppiter E, Mars F, the Sun G (the fifth, the major consonant interval), Venus A, Mercury B and the Moon on C. So you fulfil a whole octave. And our Earth? It is still in the middle and receives all harmony and light from outer space. Some differences are among the ideas od Pythagoras, Plato and Aristoteles about Universe, but all their contributions are illustrated in this model and you can even listen to the magic sounds of the "Cosmic Lyre" through strings streched at the right distances to reproduce the famous "Music of the Spheres" !

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Venerdì, 21 Ottobre 2016 20:34

Music and astronomy

Since Prehistory man has felt close relationship between Music and Astronomy, between sounds and stars.Prehistoric horn with 28 marks on it shows the object was considered a symbol of moon, and animal horns were music instruments too. Same shape have harps from Ancient Egypt. Conkshells were also used as musical instruments: in their shape the origins of universe from a whirlpool in the primitive Ocean.

And so on until Pythagoras and Plato. They found all instruments already done and perfectly working, and they studied the idea of Harmony, its numerical structure. So they found analogies between the seven notes and the seven planets, they thought that musical harmony, perfectly calculated and firmly established on permanent ratios, could explain the perfect balance and regularity of cosmic mechanism. Filolao and Architas calculated the first music scales and Plato mede the first attempt to define the imagine of what will be said: Music of the spheres, in his outstanding work: Timaeus. In this book, as in other parts of his large production (see Fedone and Repubblica) he describes both human Soul and Univers structure as a sequence of singing etheric bowls one inside the other.

This idea had a very long life, and arrived through the MiddleAges to Renaissance and ended with Johannes Kepler, its last outstanding supporter.

 

 

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