What is Sound?

Introduction: OM, the Cosmic Tone

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 John 1:1

 

The Fourth, the Self, is OM, the indivisible syllable. This syllable is unutterable, and beyond mind. In it the manifold universe disappears. It is the supreme good–One without a second. Whosoever knows OM, the Self, becomes the Self.

—Mandukya Upanishad

 

According to the Christian and the Hindu traditions, the universe was created directly from a Divine Utterance; the purest and noblest of sounds, the OM. This Divine syllable, also known as Aum, became the first Mantra, meaning a concept one repeats orally or mentally over and over with the intention of getting so familiar with it, that eventually, one and It become single.

In the West Aum became later Amen, and the Mantra took form of a Prayer.  In Christianism we refer to this concept as the Word of God, or the Whisper of God.  This concept of an Original Sound provided inspiration for a myriad of channels to the Divine through the materialization of vibrations in the physical realm, ranging from vocal prayers and poetry to songs of worship and music.

Today there are so many styles of music, so many views on how to produce the sounds that will touch us the deepest. Music is an artistic manifestation with a universal ultimate goal, common to our human existence: the transcendence of the human condition to an elevated, Divine one.

In this section we discuss which qualities of sound and music, and which combination thereof can yield the optimal conditions to establish a link to the Divine through the physical manifestation of Sound. We will attempt to explain the connection between sound and other sources of knowledge, such as quantum physics, fractals, sacred numerology and brainwave theory.

 

Table of Contents

Chapter I: What is a Tone?

Chapter II: What are Harmonics and Overtones?

Chapter III: What is an Interval?

Chapter IV: What is Harmony?

Chapter V: What is a Tuning System?

Chapter VI: What is Concert Pitch?

Chapter VII: Conclusions

 

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