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Space-Experience in the Microcosm
of Music

Perceiving the Natural Overwave-Spectra of the Tone

Today, the natural spectra of overwaves, or overtones, of a tone can easily be identified with scientific means.

Due to insufficient cultivation of his inner hearing, however, the conventionally trained music expert is unable to perceive the spectrum of overwaves on the level of his inner ear.

Ignorance of the Atomic and Subatomic World of the Sound-Space

Even to the performing musician the spectrum of overwaves, or overtones, of his instrument is not known in detail.
Just as he plays his instrument without being able to distinguish its individual atoms – let alone the combinations of protons, electrons, and neutrons – he only hears the basic tones of the music he is playing, and something like a timbre, but not the individual overwaves, which are located, as it were, on atomic and subatomic levels.

With proper training however, one is able to hear the structure of the overwaves, or overtones.

Space-Experience of the Understanding

The “interval,” the difference in pitch, is an external musical means to describe the field of potential energy.

Enhancement of the Space-Experience of the Understanding

An enhancement of the experience of space through the understanding is brought about by elucidating the space between the single overtones, or overwaves, of a sound by projecting these overtones to different points in the acoustic space.

The Dynamic Space

The difference in amplitude is an external musical means to describe the field of kinetic energy.

Enhancement of the Space-Experience of the Feeling

The experience of space through the feeling is enhanced by making audible the integration of clearly differentiated amplitudes which, playfully dancing to the pattern of the composition, light up like shooting stars at various points in space.

The Integrated Space-Experience

The most comprehensive experience of space results from the integration of the experience of space through feeling and understanding. This occurs when, in the process of our musical cognition, the potential and the kinetic energies reach such a state of balance that their forces cancel each other out.

The Balance of Forces

In this case our human mind, stimulated by the outer perception of music, reaches a state of suspension which results in a feeling of weightlessness, and which has a liberating influence on our personality in general.

At this moment, all musical forces, organized in space and time, cancel each other out, and space and time merge completely and perfectly.