Music provides a wonderful common ground as an entry into Synergetics. In the introduction to Hesse’s Magister Ludi, the “Glass Bead Game” is described as having been derived from musical notation, a system in which, anyone adept enough, can look at a musical score and hear it in his or her own mind. The Glass Bead Game gave the participants that same ability but to use it not only for music but for art, science, even philosophy.
Now, in music, we have 8 notes in an octave, the first note being repeated at the octave point. We can think of this as a plus 4, negative 4 with Do in the middle. This also gives us some insight into the concept of quanta, with certain frequencies of vibration blending, or harmonizing, better than others. This 8 step pattern repeats indefinitely and yet, the multiplicity of combinations of frequencies and their arrangement in time, gives us the incredible range of human music which is still being explored.
Later we will show that this concept is not only useful in music but, is pervasive, throughout nature. It is simply another aspect of the holographic nature of the Universe which we see repeated from one end of the spectrum to the other.
As we proceed we are going to show how these 4 “events” map onto the vertexes of the tetrahedron. Music then gives a great way to demonstrate this +4-0-4 “jitterbug” as Fuller calls it. I’ll put up a model shortly. We’ll then show how this same simple, basic model can have any manner of applications or event series mapped onto it, from philosophy to chemistry to astronomy.