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The music of nature

Presentation for culminating experience at Berklee College of Music

Priscilla Vela

on 29 July 2013

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Transcript of The music of nature

what is music for me?

why do I do music?

what is its purpose?

what is the next step?
"the scaffolding of life"
Chaldni 1780´s
Hans Jenny 1960´s
· John Stuart Reid nowadays
taking a trip to the inside
* How can I do music that RESONATES with NATURE?
An autoetnographic essay by Priscilla Vela
"musica instrumentalis"
"musica humana"
"musica universalis"

"music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired"

sounds of men
sounds between men and God
music of the spheres
development of notes,scales, modes, rhythms
tuning systems, concert pitches
harmony and instruments
today new paths: acoustics, music technology, the whole music industry
sacred music for God
music for the soul (indian, sufi, music therapy)
sounds of nature
sounds of human body (heartbeat, nervous system, muscles)
music of DNA and molecules (spin/vortex)
Astronomy and astrology
Frequencies inaudible for humans
Sounds of planets NASA
Sounds of stars and pulsars
Vibration of planets : Schummann Resonance
number geometry music astronomy
Crystals &
Marcel Vogel
IBM research scientist
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Breaking glass with sound
finding the natural frequency
we also vibrate
we are part of the fractal
Pitch is a harmonic
of the rhythm
The Heartmath Institute

Senses inform us of a conditioned reality according to their limitations.
Quantum physics!
"as above, so below"
science of harmonics
Koch snowflake
the pythagorean lambdoma
Susan Alexjander´s "8 elements"
"Painting should aspire to be as abstract as music, with groups of color in a picture relating to one another in a manner analogous to sequences of chords in music."

*V. Kandinsky
"a neurological condition"
Messiaen would make indications on the "color" of his music such as "burnt-earth crystals", "amethyst violet", "clear prussian blue", "warm reddish chesnut", "with stars of gold"...
"the canaries of the sea"
Jackson Pollock
Understanding the universal
language of nature
A sabbatical of change and evolution, full of questions...
(my creative universe)
A. Gaudí
E. Haeckel
D. Rothenberg
Voice Harmonics
Stockhausen´s Stimmung
imitating human speech
Yulka and Kairo at Oceanographic,
showing me their repertoire
"a collective of free-spirited individuals coming together to communicate, inspire and share emotion through music"
vibration made visible
New paradigm of music making
Free improvisation with stimuli. We all create. Looking for a unique sound and a language: experimenting is a game
Different instruments and different musical backgrounds, learning from each other, giving value to crazy ideas, Berklee spirit of fusion at extra musical levels too.
Fresh ideas, new projects, challenge the conventional forms
Connection between musicians - Meditation, neuroscience.
Intention behind the music as a priority: developing a new kind of music therapy by musicians "the music pharmacy"
Chamber music. Listening. Interacting. Empathy. Attention to detail. All senses involved
Music for the audience: interactive concerts.
Connecting with other artists and arts.
Complete artists towards the "complete performance".
Learn and put in practice the new science discoveries applied to music (brainwave entrainment, heartmath institute...)
after visiting the belugas
for first time
our originary instruments
Sónar 2013
with Stephen Webber
and technology
Skriabin´s sphere for the
performance of
"the crystal project"

•Improvisando, la libre creacion musical. Wade Matthews. turner Musica.
•Free to be musical: Group improvisation in music. Gary McPherson.
•Derek Bailey: a history of free improvisation. Ben Watson.
•Improvisation for classical musicians. Eugene friesen. Berklee press.
•Listen to this. Alex Ross. FSG Books
•New musical resources. H. Cowell. Cambridge University Press
•Imaging music: abstract expressionism and free improvisation. Matthew Sansom. Internet article.
•Silence: lectures and writings. John Cage.
•The new music: the avant-garde since 1943. R. S. Brindle. Oxford University Press.


•Bass harmonics study. Eric Daino.
•Harmonograph. Anthony Ashton. Wooden Books
•The science of harmonics in classical greece. Andrew Barker. Cambridge University Press
•Lambdoma. Barbara Hero. Internet
•Pythagoras and Music. Melanie Richards. Thesis on internet
•The foundations of Scientific Musical Tuning. J. Tennenbaum. Internet article
•Musical cult control. Leonard G. Horowitz. Internet article.
•A re-valuation of the ancient science of harmonics. Leon Crickmore. Internet article


•La musica y la mente. Anthony storr. Paidos.
•This is your brain in music. Daniel J. Levitin.
•Quadrivium. Various Authors. Wooden Books
•Sciencia. Various Authors. Wooden Books
•Harmonically Guided Evolution. Richard Merrick. Internet article
•Interference. A grand scientific musical theory. Richard Merrick.


•Nada Brahma, the world is sound. J-E Berendt. Destiny Books
•Magic of Tone. Dane Rudhyar. Internet book.
•The music lesson. Victor wooten. Berkeley.
•Sonido, musica y espiritualidad. Jordi A. Lauset Berrocal. Gaia ediciones.
•La musica de la vida. Hazrat inayat khan. Mandala ediciones.
•Armonias del cielo y de la tierra. Joscelyn godwin. Paidos orientalia.
•Music, mysticism and magic. Joscelyn godwin. Arkana editions.
•El sonido del universo. Guillermo cazenave.
•Musica y conciencia. R.J.Stewart. Mandala ediciones.
•Alquimia y mistica. Taschen.
•La magia de los sentidos. D. Abraham. Kairos.
•Wabi Sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers. Leonard Koren.
•Oratorium—Auditorium—Laboratorium: Early Modern Improvisations on Cabala, Music, and Alchemy. Peter J. Forshaw. University of Amsterdam
•Edgar Cayce, curar por la música. D. K. De Bizemont. Tikal Ediciones
•El libro de los símbolos. Taschen.
•Como leer símbolos. C. Gibson. Blume
•Tought forms. A.Besant and C.W. Leadbeater. Teosophical Publishing Society.


•Sonidos sanadores. Jonathan goldman. Gaia ediciones.
•El tao del sonido. Fabien maman. Guy tredaniel ediciones.
•El cuerpo sutil. Cindy Dale. Sirio ediciones.
•Healing at the speed of sound. Don Campbell
•The mozart effect. Don Campbell.
•Cúrate con la música. Varios Autores. Robin Book
•The Alchemy of voice. S.Pearce. Findhorn Press
•Sanar con sonidos. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Bodhi
•La Música y las Artes Sanadoras. Sarah Belle Dougherty. Internet article


•El codigo secreto. Priya Heminway. Evergreen.
•Geometria sagrada. Vicente jesus saez. Devas.
•Arabic geometrical patterns. J.Bourgoin. Dover.
•Godel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid. D. Hofstader.
•Sacred Number. Miranda Lundy. Wooden Books
•Platonic and Archimedean solids. Daud Sutton. Wooden Books
•The Golden section. Scott Olsen. Wooden Books
•The elements of music. Jason Martineau. Wooden Books


•Survival of beautiful. David Rothenberg. Bloomsbury
•Why do birds sing? David Rothenberg. Bloomsbury
•Thousand mile song. David Rothenberg. Basic Books
•The great animal orchestra. Bernie Krause. Profile books
•Talking to Belugas. Jim Nollman. Internet article.
•Preliminary Study of Object Labeling Using Sound Production in a Beluga. Tsukasa Murayama, Yuki Fujii, Takayuki Hashimoto, Aya Shimoda, So Iijima, Kohei Hayasaka, Narumi Shiroma, and Mana Koshikawa Tokai University, Japan. Hiroshi Katsumata, Makoto Soichi, and Kazutoshi Arai Kamogawa Sea World, Japan. International Society for Comparative Psychology, 2012.
•Decoding the song of the pied butcherbird: an initial survey. Hollis Taylor. Thesis found on internet.
•ECOACOUSTICS - Ecology and Environmentalism in
Contemporary Music and Sound Art. Jonathan Gilmurray.
Thesis found on the Internet.


•Cymatics, a study of wave phenomena and vibration. Hans Jenny.
•Water sound images. A. Lauterwasser. Macromedia Publishing
•Li. Dynamic form in nature. David Wade. Wooden Books

Wikipedia, Enciclopedia Britannica online, Youtube videos and documentaries, Scientific American, science daily, Readers Digest, NASA, Sciencemag, Max Planck Institute archives, New Scientist, Time Magazine, other science, bioacoustic adn acoustics journals.


a show that fuses the senses. We create music by interacting with tangible stimuli for the senses such as live art, dancers and even culinary tasting!

our latest project is a collaboration with crystal therapist Carla Iglesias. We spend time with different stones and crystals feeling their energy and translate it into music.

an experiment looking at the integration of human-produced music with nature through the means os the natural harmonic vibrations and frequencies that resonate with the earth and the universe.

music to heal the soul. We invite our audience to participate in a group meditation and join us on a journey through sound

Synaesthesic Atmospheres:

"if a note is ugly
-even if it is a noise-
let it be!"
*J. Cage
"crystalline music"
Upcoming album!

Crystal Music:
Dolphin Interactions:

Meditation Concerts:
At Yoga International
Festival in Valencia
Marco Caparrós "en presencia"
Indigo from
Synaesthesic Atmospheres
A. Lauterwasser nowadays
"never satisfied"
Live performance for AGNI
Culminating Experience Presentation
Master in Contemporary Studio Performance
Berklee College of Music
Hermes Trimegistus
Future plans
stage setup
Being a complete artist
Reinventing the
classical liberal arts 500B.C. - 6th Century
my ideal quadrivium for the 21st Century
quantum physics
audible reality

The ear works detecting vibrations mechanically with the hair cells and sends them via electric impulses to the brain. The most accurate sense!
Hearing sense starts working while fetus is 16 weeks old.
Its the last sense to deactivate when we die, up to 3 hours after.
Deaf people rewire their brains to "hear" by their touch, feeling vibrations (the balloons at concerts)
Some blind people have developed echolocation
Corrective hearing: brain adjusts the signal received to be harmonically coherent (in tune)
Tone recognition of our hearing threshold: 1400 "Just noticeable differences" (JND) in which only 120 (8´5%) are notes of our equal- tempered scale
Hypersonic effect: there is relevant brain activity with inaudible high-frequencies.
the forgotten tools!
are our concert pitch (440) and
our equal-temperament tuning
resonating with nature?
the natural frequency
"coherence frequency"
0,10 Hz
how can I combine my passions in music?
the octave
the fifth
the major triad
architect of nature
bird songs
Thank you all!
for being part of this amazing year
...for leading me all the way here to my CE advisors, teachers and friends: Victor Mendoza, Enrich Alberich, Cristóbal Vogúmil, Perico Sambeat and Susan Alexjander.
Special thanks...
and mil gracias ...
for the patience and love to Beth, Ganavya, Ousso and Agustín.
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