Music Of The Spheres

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Music Of The Spheres

Musica Universalis, also called Music of the spheres, is an ancient philosophical concept suggesting the movements of celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, and planets—are forms of music, a kind of definable “hum” that affects everything in life.

Ancient philosophers concluded music didn’t just mimic the motions of celestial bodies, it was the result of their motions.

The Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, went a step further by figuring out that specific intervals between harmonious and discordant sound frequencies form simple numerical ratios. A formula could define what would be pleasant or disagreeable to the ear.

Not much has changed in the nearly 3,000 years since Pythagoras figured out the relationships that define music (it was he that also first identified that the pitch of a musical note is in inverse proportion to the length of the string that produces it).

Pythagoras believed the quality of life on Earth reflects the tenor of celestial sounds as well as those earthbound notes.

We couldn’t agree more.

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