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"With his fierce, global intelligence, Alain Danielou was the first to wake up the West to the universality of musical harmony and its potential for planetary consciousness." (W.A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book and The Musical Life)

"Our debt to his scholarship and humanity is immeasurable." (The Times Literary Supplement)

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Text: English, German (translation)
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; Rep Sub edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813360
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Alain Daniélou is known first of all for his musical semantics based not on notes but on intervals, hence not on punctual sounds but on the articulation of one note onto another to form an interval and then on the articulation of intervals one upon another. In this book of articles and studies brought together, some of them being unpublished before, he used his approach to further some other ideas.

The basic principle is that an interval is the ratio produced by the frequencies of the two notes that define that interval. He tested and identified the psycho-mental effects of these intervals on listeners and connected them to three numerical elements appearing in such ratios (basically 2, 3 and 5).

But he further brings into his approach an important inspiration from the old Sanskrit approach of music. We have to note here he assumes that this Vedic tradition is the oldest human musical tradition, is the basic and sole because only possible musical approach, and it has been kept in later Hinduist music. We can see here he is totally unaware of the fact that Sumerian music is at least one thousand if not one and a half thousand years older.

Vedic music is not the original form of music. He also forgets that Hinduism is an old approach in India and he does not consider at all the Buddhist approach. All his symbolism with an ever present God as a creator would have to be challenged in the Buddhist understanding that there is no god and the world is not seen as created. Yet his symbolic approach that brings together musical notes, geometrical shapes, colors, animals, planets, basic elements, etc., ... and gods, is interesting if we let the divine elements out of a modern assimilation.
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If you looking to dive deeper into how sound and music work, this is a great book.
Expand your knowledge here, as there much food for thought!
Although I have finished the book as of yet, I am finding it an enjoyable, you might too!
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This is a classic that I had read a long time ago in its original French. I was surprised and quite pleased at the excellent quality of the translation, and delighted to find it available. Delivery and condition were both entirely sastisfactory..
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Alain Danielou has done a wonderful job of researching ancient scales of music and has really opened my mind to microtonal scales and purer harmonies than equal tempering offers. A favourite book.
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