Archive for: July 2008

African Drumming and The Intuition: Music as a Tuning Fork


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Music itself depends on regularly recurring cycles, on periodicity, such as the vibration of strings and reeds. Consider how the daily rotation of the earth, the monthly orbit of the moon, and their yearly orbit of the sun are also periodic. These motions make a kind of slow-moving music, too deep for our ears. But we sense the music of the spheres because it was the condition of our origin. We are made from this music.
~W.A. Mathieu, the author of The Listening Book: Discovering Your Own Music

After studying African drumming for several years now, I can see how we don’t tune our drum, the drum tunes us changing our cellular make-up. Read more