Pythagorean idea of the World’s Harmony, expressed in consonant relations between its macro and micro components, has been recognized as one of the most significant and influential concepts born by human mind. Pythagoras used to believe that the whole matter emanates tones, that the whole world is the music. He divided it into Musica Mundana (which soon became famous as Music of Spheres) and Musica Humana (music of human body). Their relations, open to mind rather than to our limited senses, have been regulating links between the human being and Universe evolving according to changes in our perception of the world and its understanding.
my video work Johannes Keplers' elaboration of Music of Spheres was
performed on theremin - instrument using radio waves . The acquired
melodies were then visualized in the form of spheres surrounding
particular planets and animated by the musician's hands. They circulate
inside the visual landscape (lightscape) composed of images acquired by
fMRI brain scanning combined then with distant stars and galaxies.
to Pythagoras ad his followers
“Music of Spheres” was performed by planets rotating around the
Sun – the centre of the universe. However in our contemporary world
there is no more objective or absolute point of reference. According
to scientific assumptions the only world that is available to us exists in
our minds. Thus the
Sun in my “Somnium” gave place to human brain/skull.
by Dave Lawrance, sound tracks of the pieces transform “Music of
Spheres” into multilayered
compositions. Textures are built up using natural and digitally processed
sounds - including sounds of electricity, alpha brainwaves, the human
voice, simple vibration based sounds (of strings/physical objects), sounds
generated via light sensor systems, sounds from our environment, and
sounds from far off galaxies.
theremin: Barbara Buchholtzwith special thanks to dr Lauren Stewart Functional Imaging Laboratory, London University, , European South Observatory, NSSDC
Anatomy of a Moment (fragment)