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Musical Articulation of Pattern of Tao Te Ching Insights: Experimental sonification based on magic square organization


Musical Articulation of Pattern of Tao Te Ching Insights
Identification of factors
Sound triggers from the panmagic map
Use of MusiNum software to generate "music"
Experiment using "directional winds" metaphor
Possible refinements

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This is part of a commentary on the Tao Te Ching Interpreted Succinctly (original order) and (alternative order)
See also Commentary on Tao Te Ching Interpretation: and the possibility of higher order patterning
Patterning possibilities are presented separately in detail in 9-fold Higher Order Patterning of Tao Te Ching Insights
Navigational implications are explored in Hyperspace Clues to the Psychology of the Pattern that Connects


This document provides some very preliminary results on the use of sound to help articulate and comprehend the pattern of 81 insights of the Tao Te Ching -- as envisaged and briefly discussed in separate documents (see above). The document should at this stage be considered a work in progress. The focus here is on identifying numeric information that could be used to drive a sound generator which would highlight resonant relationships between the insights. Part of the experiment is to determine progressively how to increase the meaningfulness of the resultant "music" as a mnemonic support for understanding the pattern of insights.

As indicated in Hyperspace Clues to the Psychology of the Pattern that Connects, the physical effects of resonance from sound and vibration are well known (for example, Chladni patterns in two and three dimensions [more]). Can psychological analogues be set up to engender the future and exert a time-binding force? Meditation on yantras and mandalas would seem to have a related function -- traditionally linked to the magic squares discussed in the accompanying paper. Within such a context, can analogues to overtones function as vehicles for particular forms of understanding? As indicated there, interesting patterns can be generated from magic squares when the numbers of the squares are replaced by symmetric symbols. These resemble Chladni patterns. Whether the magic square (or higher dimensional) patterns can be more readily comprehended through use of auditory display techniques (see NSF The Sonification Report), as seems highly probable, remains to be discovered. This could be a valuable way to explore and navigate comprehension of the relationships between the 81 insights of the Tao Te Ching -- especially in the light of any insights concerning Indian rasas .

Briefly put, this exploration focuses initally on the question as to whether the "magic" property of the mathematical relationships within a magic square can be "heard". This calls for techniques to generate tones corresponding to the constituent numbers of such squares so that the magic properties are signalled by patterns of resonance between such tones. The question is how to associate tones with numbers to ensure such effects. It is only then that the question of whether such resonance effects are significant to the relationships between the numbered insights of the Tao Te Ching can be addressed -- notably to discover whether higher order meanings are signalled, and rendered more accessible, by such magical ordering of the insights.

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