The Rosslyn Motet
The incredible music discovered after 500 years carved into the stonework at Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel holds a musical mystery
in its architecture and design. At one end of the
chapel, on the ceiling are 4 cross-sections of arches
containing elaborate symbolic designs on each array of
cubes (in actual fact they are rectangles mostly). The
'cubes' are attached to the arches in a musically
sequential way. And to confirm this, at the ends of each
arch there is an angel playing a musical instrument of a
different kind. After 27 years of study and research by
Stuart's father Thomas.J.Mitchell, we believe he has
found the pitches and tonality that match the symbols on
each cube, revealing its melodic and harmonic
progressions. It is what we could call 'frozen music', a
little like cryogenics. The music has been frozen in
time by symbolism, it was only a matter of time before
the symbolism began to 'thaw out' and begin to make
sense to scientific and musical perception.
Chladni Patterns created with Sand, a plate and a Violin bow. The pitch is 'A' natural.
The Rosslyn Stave Angel Notes
The angel points to B with his right hand and to A and C with his left. This was taken to indicate that the music was in the key of C major, or relative A minor, with the ''leading tone'' B balanced symmetrically in the centre. From this, each of the cube patterns was matched against a particular frequency using a square Chladni plate tuned to C. The resulting pitches were ordered from bottom to top, left to right around the columns beginning with the stave angel to produce a haunting melody.
Cymatics Patterns produced by John Stuart Reid - http://www.cymascope.com