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The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness Paperback – May 1, 1991
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Original Language: German
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The World Is Sound - Nada Brahma
“ Berendt’s groundbreaking work is a fascinating exploration of the importance of music, sound, and vibration for spiritual development . . . a valuable sourcebook for every serious student of consciousness.”
--Stanisav Grot, M.D., author of Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness
“ In a majestic sweep (Berendt) takes the reader through the macro- and microcosm, from the “harmony of the spheres” to the songs of dolphins and whales . . . ”
--From the foreword by Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point
Scientists have only recently learned that the particles of an oxygen atom vibrate in a major key and that blades of grass ‘sing.” Europe’s foremost jazz producer takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, exploring the musical traditions of diverse cultures and reaffirming what the ancients have always known--the world is sound, rhythm, and vibration. Berendt’s book is alive with his experiences--living in Bali, studying at a Zen monastery in Kyoto, and encountering budding jazz stars in Indonesia, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Drawing from his friendships with composers and performers as well as his knowledge of new physics and Tantra, cybernetics, Sufism, and the works of Hermann Hesse, he reveals the importance of sound in shaping cultural and spiritual life worldwide.
A tribute to the work of many of the greatest figures of our age--including Hans Kayser, Jean Gebser, Sufi Hazrat lnayat Khan, musicians John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar--Berendt’s book suggests that hearing, rather than seeing, is the key to a more spiritual experience of consciousness. His discussion of sound in relation to mathematics, logic, sacred geometry, myth, and sexuality is practical as well as theoretical, offering readers a variety of techniques for developing the ear as an organ of spiritual perception.
Born in Berlin in 1922, Joachim-Ernst Berendt is author of more than twenty books, among them the highly acclaimed and widely translated reference work, The Jazz Book. He helped found the Sudwestfunk, one of Germany’s most popular radio stations, and has produced numerous concerts, radio programs, and records. He has also directed many international festivals and received various awards, including the Cultural Award of Poland, In The World is Sound, Berendt guides us through the uncharted regions of the unconscious to a vision of harmony.
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Joachim-Ernst Berendt also gives listening tests in some of the chapters to give the reader an opportunity to develop their sense of hearing, which he says is being underused in our predominantly visual western culture.
I am a private detective and ever since reading this book, I have always tried to use sound equipment and techniques on my investigations. Since reading this book I have completely re-evaluated and structured the approach and conduct of my work for the better. Can't recommend it enough.
Music and sound is an integral part of each of our lives, even when people are not paying attention. In addition to the Macrocosmic Music (the sound made by the etheric energy grid around our planet), there is also Microcosmic Music. (Macrocosmic music is sometimes referred to the Music of the Spheres).
According to the research of Dr. Susumu Ohn0, (with the Beckman Research Institute), when musical notes are assigned to cellular chemistry, the cells from different parts of the body create different “melodies”. Some of these are quite complex and beautiful. When the body is in harmony, the music it creates on a cellular level is also in harmony. However, when the body is out of harmony, the cellular music is dissonant. When Dr. Ohno converted the musical notes of a Chopin funeral march into cellular chemistry, he found portions astonishingly similar to a human cancer gene.
One interesting thing you may not be aware of is that whale song is sung in rhyme, and the whale’s songs, along with the dolphins, regulate the earth’s biosphere”. This creates a “window” for the energy patterns needed for the procreation of all species on earth. Remember in “Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home” how the interplanetary probe was sent to Earth to see why the whales hadn’t been communicating with “home world?” Well, that wasn’t so far fetched!
Aristotle knew certain cetaceans “speak”, but it was passed off as legend until World War II when underwater microphones, used to pick up traces of enemy submarines, detected the clicks and whistles of dolphins. The purpose of the clicks seems to be mostly echolocation for navigation, but the whistles vary with each individual. If one dolphin is whistling, other dolphins will wait until he has finished before whistling back.
No one really knows how whales sing? They have no vocal chords, but they do have a larynx, a respiratory tract, and a blowhole, all of which seem to contribute. The song of the dominant male in a pod of humpbacks may last as long as nine minutes and may contain all the notes on a piano keyboard. It is repeated over and over until all the males of the pod have picked it up and sung it back to the first one. Blue whales, the largest animals that have ever lived, emit deep, descending moans so low that the human ear can barely hear them unless they are recorded and played back speeded up. (They are even low when played back an octave higher.) Right whales don’t sing, but they do have a broad vocabulary that consists of whinnies, gurgles, chirps, burps, groans, cries, and much more. (They even snore!) Whales have been known to use sound to stun their prey. (I suspect there is a similar racial memory that makes humans instinctively scream to stun enemies.)
Ironically, what was to me Berendt's most important point was hidden in a parentheses on page 61: "We shall see that in the proportions of the macrocosm, microcosm, and our terrestrial world, consonant sounds ("that is, proportions made up of low whole numbers) are highly prevalent". Nowhere else does Berendt define what harmony/consonant sound is. Sloppy writing. And his tirade on science at the end of the book was, if factually correct, caustic and unnecessary. Why end the book with such bad energy.
On the positive side, Berendt is simply full of great, original ideas, it's just that they're badly written. He makes so many good points, but doesn't provide a narrative structure that ties it all together. t learned a lot in his chapters on Indian music and jazz, as well as in the chapter in which he explains how sound is the matter of the universe.
If your into this kind of stuff, I'd recommend you read Hazrat Inayat Khan, who Berendt makes frequent references too.
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those who want to know how creation happens must read it