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I'm rating this book with just one star because the other reviews are too good, otherwise I may give it "two stars" but no more.
I bought this book because of the positive reviews and I was sorely disappointed. I was expecting a book about the metaphysics of sound. What I got was the superficial text of a rambling enthusiast. The variety of topics covered is interesting and the style is engaging... during the first couple of chapters. After that, Berendt needs a good editor. For example, several times we find quotations of the type (not verbatim): "Some author says that the molecules of hydrogen resonate with a major third interval: <<The molecules of hydrogen resonate with a major third interval>>" This kind of quotation adds nothing and explains less. I am still wondering what kind of analogy is it they were talking about. Besides, the second part of the book consists of a few miscellaneous articles on Zen, jazz, etc., unrelated to what should be the main topic of the book.
On the good side, it showed me some threads to follow... but nothing that can't be found elsewhere, I'm afraid.
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Initial post: Jan 19, 2012 5:53:41 PM PST
Mac Maven says:
For someone with a musicology background, this book is understandable. If you don't know what a major third is or what harmonic sequences are, then I can see how you would be mystified. I found the ideas presented in this book very profound.
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Posted on Nov 6, 2012 1:17:58 AM PST
Leslie Kingsley says:
Having not yet read the book, I too, had assumed it would focus on the metaphysics of sound, and had read through the reviews to evaluate the reader response (and perhaps the quality of the book). This review contrasts with the other reviews considerably and has given me cause to ask: When you state "but nothing that can't be found elsewhere" - I wonder, would you consider editing your review to elucidate the "elsewhere"? It could give prospective purchasers some assistance with comparison and evaluation. It is encouraging to see you have the courage of your convictions.
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I've just started reading this book and find it absolutely wonderful. I truly can't understand the reviewers' objection. This IS a book about the "metaphysics" of sound. It assumes a fairly high level of enculturation and sophistication of the part of the reader. It is much more an exploration of spirituality than a scientific report, so if science is your bent, it might not be the book for you. But it is JUST what I need. I am pursuing education on the effects of sound for healing purposes, and this book was recommended reading. As far as the "nothing that can't be found elsewhere" gripe, I am finding that this book, which was published in English in 1987, is seminal to the current cross-cultural exploration of physics, medical research, palliative care, and religious traditions that I am embarking on studying. I am finding that other books that I am reading, written quite recently, imitate the style of this book. I believe this book was a ground-breaking synthesis of ideas and experience when it was published, and it is a delight to read - fresh and lovely, informed with passion for sound, music and spirituality. I'm so glad it came my way.
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