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Astromusik Paperback – April 9, 2014
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Ezra Sandzer-Bell is a Portland-based writer and musician. You can read more about ASTROMUSIK and the Tone Color Alchemy project at http://www.audiomancy.net
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and weave them together in a way that makes their interconnection obvious and profound. Having read Electric Blue 32's review, I can't help but wonder if he was reading the same book. If that reviewer had bothered to research other information on the music of the spheres, he would have seen that Sandzer-Bell's analysis is in line with that of other scholars in the field such as Jonathan Goldman and Dr. John Beaulieu. The idea that
Astromusik is anti-intellectual is laughable. It actually conveys that tone-color alchemy (the subject of the book), like any system is imperfect, but that perfection is impossible and that we must utilize the methods and knowledge we have to create our own emergent paradigms. This book is impeccably researched and is not at all rambling. The different sections, such as music of the spheres, tone color alchemy and the relationship between music and cabbala flow together in a river of knowledge that starts in the shallows and takes you to the depths of magic and possibility. Most books today do not challenge the reader to know and be more than they are. Sandzer-Bell does this in a heartfelt, intuitive and down-to earth way that should make anyone curious to pick up a copy of Astromusik today!
The author spends more than 2/3 of the book explaining speculative theory about how music effects the world and universe around us. The chapter about Harmony Of the Spheres is quite dubious, often crossing the line between skepticism and anti-intellectualism, and I was very disappointed when music therapy was left out completely in the chapter about music and human psychology.
There are some interesting theoretical bits which tie into various aspects of the WMT, but overall I found the lot of it to be very rambly. I would advise the author to look at the material and divide it into cohesive categories or sections instead of leaping from one subject to another.
Mostly I was expecting this to be more of a practical manual, a grimoire of sorts, but it isn't. However, the basics to this system are laid out and any magician with his weight in alchemical gold will be able to find practical uses for it.
All in all, the concepts are really interesting but the author writes about them poorly in my opinion.