Tuesday, December 18, 2007


(under sound Articles
Titled:Cymatics Today with Elizabeth Colorio)

Cymatics - Church Architecture

The symbols carved into the ceiling of Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland, have been the marvel of historians for many generations. The Knights Templar founded Rosslyn Chapel in 1477. The chapel's history and legend claim that it has reverently housed some of the most precious religious and historical artifacts passed down from the ages, including the Ark of the Covenant, the real Stone of Destiny, the heart of Robert Bruce, and the head of Jesus Christ. There are 213 cubes in its architecture, all embellished with symbols that are believed to be ancient musical notations of melodies that were spiritually significant to the people in that 15th-century town.

Currently, a select group of eight scientists and musical experts are trying to decipher the symbols engraved on these cubes. It is believed that the vibrations representing each musical note were first visually created by covering a thin brass plate with sand and then strumming a musical note with a bow placed against the plate. The visual representation of the musical note could then be seen in the distinctive patterns that the vibrations of that note created in the shifted sand.

To capture and record the notes of their music for posterity, experts feel, stonemasons copied these sand patterns, carving them onto the cubes. In this way, the musical melody played at religious ceremonies in the building could be recorded for the ages.

Warwick Edwards, a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance music from Glasgow University, believes that the sculptures on the cubes may actually be an ancient way of recording music. Stephen Prior, an author and historian, researching the history of Rosslyn, has come to the conclusion that these musical notations represent a healing chant from the Middle Ages.

Images and excerpt are based on: "Japanese bid to solve mystery of the Rosslyn cubes," The Scotsman Publications Ltd, copyright 2002 by scotsman.com. It was written by Claire Gardner for Scotland on Sunday, June 16, 2002. See News.Scotsman.com.


Cybernetic Aesthetics and Communication -Claudia Giannetti

Although the approaches of cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence revolutionized subject areas of science as well as its interdisciplinary modes of proceeding, scientists continued to be bound to certain philosophical traditions in the field of logic. The course of formalization research, which has its origins in the Middle Ages, shows how objective truth was increasingly placed within the context of logic and mathematics, and the search for metaphysical truth gradually moved closer to fieldsin the area of sensory perception, such as art. On the basis of these givens it is possible to follow a development that began in the Middle Ages with the mechanized procedures of logical operations and leads into the twentieth century with the application of heuristic techniques in systems of Artificial Intelligence.

Cymatics - Magnetism



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