My hope, not sure of my expectations though, is that there somewhere in the world would be founded a theosophical school centred on musical composition entirely.
There's a guy by the name of Nathan Fox that I recently read an autobiography of called "Eyes of an Autistic Yogi." A decent bit of the book is him talking about his passion for music, and he's no stranger to theosophy himself. You might want to get in touch with him, I'm sure he'll add you as a friend on facebook if you'd want.
I'm sure there are more than a few people with duel interests in theosophy and music out there... I'm halfway one myself.
Thanks Seth, I found "Eyes of an Autistic Yogi" online, and I think the chapter about Scriabin is one of the most interesting explorations of his mystic chord and his idea of light-sound relation, that I have read so far. That was really a treat!
I will try to look up Nathan Fox.
I really liked his (0=2)
That's an occult key like unto ( + . - ) or ( x / X)
Take an abstract algebraic formula like (+ . - ) as an example:
and see it as a progression of sorts, if you will:
( ) = 0 Void/Pleroma/Quantum Foam/Chaos/Mystery/Unconscious/Deep/MahaPralaya/Mulaprakriti/Silence
( . ) = 1 (1st Logos) (appearance and activation of neutral, zero point laya)
( + . - ) = 2 (Radiation/emanation/primordial vibration/duality/dynamic spin, hum or motion/an energic chassis for manifestation like a vortex which creates the conditions for a polarity field capable of manifesting appearances of extremes/valences/numbers/measurements/consonants/formations (i.e., the Svabhava of Svabhavas: SVABVHAVAT).
Then, in dependance on those conditions and with the dynamic energy available, a process of fractal indivision, differentiation, involves and evolves amazingly enough so that at some point along the way eyes open to see what is going on, minds evolve to sense, feel, think and intuit. Subjectively, we both apprehend as well as interpretively evaluate our sensual apprehensions.
It's like shorthand for a creation formula or a meme for genesis or manifestation, not unlike the reputed geometric symbology of something like Senzar glyphs, just in another formulation.
... or a similar progression (functional transform) of a similar formula like ( x /X ) as a way to distinguish multiplicities in what cannot be cut or in reverse, of cutting through or dissolving form (as in some Buddhist Vajrayana forms of subtle Tantric Chod practice).
What we have here is a discussion about correspondences, operational transforms and the resultant effect on resonance.
You are trying to draw them between Music and occult knowledge, but you could just as easily attempt to draw them between art and the occult, or languagee and the occult, because at their roots they are all pretty much the same creative process.
If you haven't already you might enjoy cross referencing or checking out various interpretive ideas of correspondence and sympathetic vibration in the work of Walter Russell or perhaps in a similar sense in a topic like Radiolnics.
I have always enjoyed the work of Hans Jenny on Cymatics (and his successors) in this context as well as the works of those who tried composing works on instruments like the "Color Organ."
I also think of a exploration like Rudolph Steiner's Eurthymy in this context.
In this context too I recently came across a wonderful new work called "The Hidden Geometry of Flowers" by the remarkable Keith Critchlow. Check it out. Good soul food.
I am a designer and decorative visual artist, not a professional musician (although I do play guitar and in my decorative work especially seek the appearance of a corresponding musical sensibility), so that is my tangent with this sort of thing. I kind of think at this deep level all of the arts sort of begin to sip from the same cup. (i.e., It's hard to tell muses apart in undifferentiated formlessness). LOL
Yeah, or perhaps more to the point:
if 0 = 2
then 2 also = 0
(so does 1, so do all numeric derivatives or combinations of 1 and 2, IOW, so do all numbers! Stop and think about that!)
What I'm trying to get at with all of this is somewhat akin to or along the lines of some interpretations of the esoteric Hebrew Sephir Yetzirah, or "Book of Formation", for example, with respect to numbers, letters and sounds as representatives of creative powers.
.... o get back to the interpretive algebra for a second ( John, I guess would suggest that this is a public exercise in what your FAQ describes as a kind of "imaginal" functions):
if ( 2 = 0 ) can be said to be equivalent, in a sense, with some particular interpretations of ( + . - ) and ( x / X )
then ( 0 = 2 . 2 = 0 )
( 2 = 0 / 0 = 2 )
... are also equivalent expressions.
This includes Scriabin's interpretation and evaluation of those valences.
The author was taking about 2=0 as a ratio or a relationship, and trying to apply it as a means for how to find the root note of the sought after "mystic chord", almost like using the ratio's interpretation as a yardstick or divining rod to locate and somehow activate the quantum zero point or sonic laya center for that chord.
At least that's sort of how it hit me.
But I think also about that same 2 = 0 interpretive equivalency as a formula or context for understanding a prajnaparamita saying like "form is emptiness, emptiness is form."
Right. The mystic chord symbolized in an algebraic interpretation like (2 = 0) can then become like a means for a poly-inclusive theurgy that harmonizes listening and conceptuality: sense consciousness and mental factors.
It shakes into appearance a particular activity, order, sound, form, image, efficacy.
I agree that all the overtones are potentially present there. IMO, there is a relationship between those tones and primary geometric forms. I think of examples like cymatics or water sound mages. They (tones and geometries) are equivalent expressions as correspondences: both sound and form, even number-sound-and form. All of these are IMO, differentiated, energy releasing signs of non differentiated, soundless sound.
The arithmetic "operator" as you say, represented by (=) functions not only to neutralize into "coexistency" or equanimity any two terms under consideration - it has other functions, one of which is creative, producing manifestable action into form.
As in the sequence which is implied by:
( = )
( 2 = 0 )
Considered as an out going flow, bringing into appearance some formation into relationship with the "form relationship" we already call into awareness using word conveniences like "cosmos" or "experience" or "knowledge".
If you consider what ( = ) means in that interpretive formulation, then you begin to see that the values for both "2" and "0" as abstractions, can interpretively mean anything at all, or everything at all, everything that is, or potentially could be. Everything each of us knows and experiences, can, did or ever will. That whole thing as an interdependence including our subjective participation in it.
The mystic chord vibrates through all of that from every point in space, actively / potentially.
Consciously / unconsciously
this way / that way
( x / X )
( + . - )
( 2 = 0 )
( = )
( = )
( 0 = 2 )
A vajra dhatu, pure mandala, A psychocosm.
An individual lotus in a garden of lotuses.
Monad / Monas Monadum.
( 2 = 0 )
( = )
Whether in the sense of an interpretable understanding that harmonizes two discrete terms into oneness
or that "oneness" considered as a seeming appearance out of "no-thing" ... of a common "basis to all" - an attribute that can be apprehended as applicable to each and any particular, individually discernible or appreciably identifiable "thing" or "aggregate of things."
What I mean to say is kind of like trying to describe a chassis of sorts, or maybe a pattern that you might say is capable of defining the pearls in Indra's Net, as the multi-dimensional dynamic geometry of the gem itself in such a way that any appearance at all can arise within, project, refract and reflect.
I think that is one way to interpret the meaning of a formula like ( 2 = 0 ), the way that author described using it and apply it to the notion of a "mystic chord" It is a bit like searching for OM or perhaps to the composer, ritual praxis employing it.
IMO, that functionally means that the ( = ) operator, is both harmonizing/equalizing as well as creative/destructive, formatve/dissolutive.
A functional vajra yantra.
A laya center that can be ritually activated by the proper presence of attention.
As abstractions, you can parse the meaning of the terms (2) and (0) out to any pairs of opposites, any subjects, any objects, any senses, any mentality, any psychological state or form, like so many branching patterns and dynamic formations of growth, all in dependant relationship to one another.
Including each of our respective personal and individual participations in this seeming multiplicity. Participation that is both naturally spontaneous as well as conventional. Esoteric as well as exoteric.
Once the chord is heard it cannot be stopped.