Stuart will be giving a tour of Rosslyn Chapel and its musical carvings on 12th of July 2011 for TEDGlobal Conference Edinburgh as part of their 'Codes and Patterns' program. http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2011/program/edinburgh.php
Music Composed/Realised by Thomas.J.Mitchell
Produced and Scored by Stuart Mitchell
English into Latin translations by Virginia Avalon
This is your opportunity to own the complete version of the Rosslyn Motet as yet unheard in its complete form. The score has been revised to reflect in the greatest clarity the comparison between the cube symbols and the application of Chladni Patterns.
The CD also includes Stuart Mitchell's incredible account of the discoveries made in the 3 years after their translation of the music. Discover the Chladni Sound Patterns that set the score in stone for over 550 years. Musicologist and author Richard Merrick provides some fascinating incites into the natural laws of music and resonance which explains how the ancients knew about and incorporated these sciences of sound and geometry into there lives and art.
Available from 6th September 2010 from Stuart Mitchell Music
The Edinburgh Renaissance Band Website: http://www.edinburghrenaissanceband.net/erwtp.html
YouTube Video demonstration of Cymatics similarity to the cubes
This video presentation is an interesting comparison made between the patterns produced by certain pitches and frequencies in Cymatics and the symbols on the faces of the cubes. Tommy's assigned note of the pitch can be heard in the voices of the choir as it merges with the pitch of the cymatics demonstration. If you listen closely to the pitch of the oscillator (humming the pitch to yourself) you will hear the first note of the choir and its relevant cube, are the same.
You might want to turn down your volume control as the pitch gets quite high and loud toward the end of this video
The Rosslyn Stave Angel Notes
Cymatics Patterns produced by John Stuart Reid - http://www.cymascope.com
Rosslyn Chapels Arches and Cube Layout
Click on the image for an accurate diagram of the designers plan and layout of the arches and cubes.
Our interpretation of the music begins at The Apprentice Pillar and runs a sequence from left to right (South to North)
As seen on Channel 4's Decoding Da Vinci, More
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“There’s no doubt about it:
the [Rosslyn] music is gravely beautiful in its relative simplicity, and
BBC Radio 4 Today Program - Interview with Tommy and Stuart at Rosslyn Chapel 30th of April 2007
A Symbolic Symphony in Stone - 'Frozen Music'
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.
Tommy Mitchell (Stuart's father) unravelled the music from the symbolism and Stuart has produced the music using authentic instrumentation in the 1400's.
Tommy began work on this amazing project over 25 years ago and the Rosslyn Motet is the culmination of a wonderful collaboration with his son Stuart who is the production manager of the project.
What does it sound like?
This is the most important aspect of the entire project for most people and is best explained by listening to the music. The unusual combination of instruments, their dynamics, tunings and textures re-create a sound long forgotten from the past. The melodies are simple but harmonically develops and unfolds in the most simplistic but charming way. The sequential arrangement of the cubes at many times is a series of repeated notes/symbols signifying a more functional than aesthetic sense to the music. Sometimes it sounds a bit like a 'nursery rhyme' and there is also a feeling of a 'Celtic air' about the music, possibly connected to Orkney where the Sinclair's home once was. We will be recording the piece as authentically as possible using instruments and the correct Pythagorean medieval tunings of the 1400's.
Why would anyone want to hide music? Could it be threatening or dangerous to someone or something? Unless it was very special piece that contained magical, harmonic and resonant properties that resonated in sympathy with spiritual beliefs. Was this music 'outlawed' by the Catholic church for some reason?
Or perhaps the music was not concealed at all and it is simply a musical language awaiting a musician to understand its meaning.
These are some of the questions Tommy has approached in his research and has discovered some fascinating and historical aspects to this elusive musical enigma.
Tommy's new book describes the research and findings he has made within the symbolism of the cubes and will be available in Autumn 2006.The book explains in detail how he discovered the pitches to the cubes and its symbolic musical significance through the law of resonance and sacred geometry.
We recommend Rosslyn and the Grail for an accurate and warming description of the history of Rosslyn Chapel.
Rosslyn and the Grail (Hardcover)
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