Recommended Reading this week are the beautifully illustrated titles by the Wooden Books imprint, of which there are currently over 60. They publish a wide range of short taster books on sacred geometry topics and related subjects. Plus the beefier 'Quadruvium' and 'Sciencia' pictured here. Wooden Books specialises in 'age-old' topics. It won Best Non-Fiction Series at the 2007 New York Book Fair. It's series of titles continues to grow.
Most of the books are written by John Martineau, founder of Wooden Books. His MA project focussed on geometry and harmony in the solar systems. It was then the basis of his 'Book of Coincidence'.
Recommended Read this week is 'Cymatics' by Hans Jenny (1904 - 1972). It is a primer for understanding the history of the field of cymatics (physics of sound), the geometry within sound waves and their creative influence. Probably best to read this first before last week's Recommended Read 'Interference Theory'.
Even our early ancestors knew that sound and its impact on us at a cellular level were highly important. Our depth of our understanding of the science of cymatics grows every day. The significance of sound in the creative process and its influence on us is becoming more mainstream since Jenny's early work. John Stuart Reid's cymascope has contributed significantly to this field.
I have included a couple of YouTube videos at the end of this blog for those of you who are new to the subject. These stunning geometric patterns are like animated mandalas.
This original hardcover edition now seems to be a collectible item and secondhand copies are quite expensive. It is currently reprinting and is due out March 2022 - Floris Books.
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published by Richard Merrick
Recommended Read this week is Richard Merrick's book "Interference Theory", which falls into the field physic's cymatics, the science of sound. He analyses how our auditory system recognises sound as simple shapes. His Harmonic Interference Theory supports the view that sound and its geometry are the creative force; that matter is essentially crystallised harmonics, founded on geometry. A fairly technical read.
Reminds me of John Stuart Reid's research into how dolphins communicate using sonic sound bubbles using his cymascope.
Sound and silence in general (natural sound, musical, harmony, etc) is a fascinating subject area, notably its link to geometry.
by Gyorgi Doczi
Shambhala Publications Ltd
'The Power of Limits' by Gyorgi Doczi (1909 - 1995) is a staple textbook for sacred geometry fans. With a emphasis on the recurring and ever popular Golden Mean spiral.
There is no interpretation of the meaning of geometry, rather a detailed study of patterns and order in nature, art and architecture. Doczi main interest is harmony and so he looks closely at the important link between music (sound) and form.
Founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair the chapel took only 40 years to build. Naturally, with so much overt symbolism, the Knights Templar and Scottish freemasonry are part of the chapel's history.
Purchase the Rosslyn Motet from Stuart's store.
Rosslyn Chapel, Rosslyn, is located in stunning surroundings a short journey beyond the southern fringe of Edinburgh, Scotland.
This band maintains music is a form of therapy through cymatics (see my previous posts on this topic). Vocalist Ramanan Chandramouli says, "We create music and perform to tune the listener's attention inward, to slow down the thought process and bring the agitated mind to calm and restful state. This is where all healing happens." As John Stuart Reid states, "It is worth remembering that Pythagorus of Somas...also believed that music could be used as medicine and contributes greatly to health, if used in an appropriate manner...by using music in the place of medicine."
Music therapy is already used widely as a clinical discipline but John Stuart Reid is conducting research to validate the hypothesis that individual frequencies within sound can support healing in the body. He is currently investigating whether music can lengthen the life of human blood cells.
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'When Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in Portland, Oregon, decided to sponsor an art installation they chose a collaborative design by artist, Shelley Socolofsky and John Stuart Reid of CymaScope.com. The theme set by the cathedral was that the piece should connect light and dark and be a "new and experimental art form and media that cannot be hung on walls nor placed on pedestals”. (2015)'
Cymatics, the study of waves in physics, was a term coined by Hans Jenny (1904-1972). Prior to this in 1680 Robert Hook noticed geometric vibrations when running a bow along the edge of glass covered with flour. Early technology used to study the nodal waves was the Chladni Plate, developed by German musician and physicist Ernst Chladni (1756-1827). Now computers facilitate exceptional tools, such as the CymaScope created by John Stuart Reid (see his presentation below).
Sound waves travel from their point origin as a sphere so the images captured by humans are but a thin two-dimensional slice of a three-dimensional 'living' form.
In 'The Hidden Geometry of Life' I cover the nature and purpose of sound as a vehicle for carrying the geometric code. Sound has profound purposes that we are only just starting to understand and apply.
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Stunningly beautiful geometric patterns lie within the undulating waves of sound emanating from a pinpoint source of origin. Symmetric patterns such as theses are seen in the creations of Nature and are echoed in the sounds we create, such as heartbeat and musical creations. Waves of sound pass through and are absorbed by everything they come into contact with. They impact and travel through our bodies and enter our brains via our ears. All sounds affect us physically, emotionally and psychologically.
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Virtual Art Exhibition
Visual Artists Association
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