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Edition #10
Rio de Janeiro, 2007

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“DKANDLE weaves swirling multi-colored vibrant unearthly soundscapes, blending fuzzy and reverberating Shoegaze textures, mesmerizing Dream Pop meditations, sludgy Grungey tones and moody Post-punk strains, heightened with soul-stirring lyricism and pensive emotive vocalizations”

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Gil Mahadeva

TAGS: culture, spirituality, music, videos

Even though the most skeptical may disagree, it is impossible not to feel that music is a therapy connected to spirituality in some way, dating back to the earliest times of humanity. Both music and spirituality operate through vibrations, where each individual perceives them in a way that best suits them. Sound is one of the natural phenomena most intimately connected to people, just like sight, touch, etc.

We receive sound from our earliest moments

of life. Over time, auditory perception tends

to expand, though this is not the case for

everyone or, at least, for most people. Many

people, on the contrary, lose this sensitivity

to listening as they age. They hear, but they

do not listen. We are so surrounded by

sounds on all sides that "sound masking" occurs, meaning we inevitably hear everything around us, but we only listen to what catches our attention or what suits us.

Expanding and improving our audible perception requires training, attention, and sensitivity. It is hard to find someone who does not enjoy listening to sounds, whether they are natural or human-made. Everyone can sense where a sound "comes from," whether it’s a musical note, an explosion, the human voice, or a simple noise (concept of soundscape), and this includes people with hearing impairments or even total hearing loss. This perception is due to a fundamental characteristic of sound, which is its origin, its essence: vibrations. And it is not just sound as a physical element, but also vibrations that embody sound.

Sound leads to Synesthesia, which is the capacity through which a message conveyed in one sensory modality induces sensations in another. This is what happens with sound: sound is a message that has color (vision), texture (touch), and smell (olfaction). Through vibration, through a timbre, we know if the music is rough, smooth, calm, white, blue, multicolored, and so on... (Baudelaire said: "Colors, perfumes, and sounds correspond").

Vibration is the sound you do not "hear." Or rather, it is precisely what you hear with your ears and feel on your skin and in your heart! It turns out that it is not just the air around us that vibrates when a sound wave propagates. Almost any object vibrates, more or less, depending on its density, volume, shape, and the characteristics of the wave that hits it.

 

Certainly, you, living in an apartment, do not like that vibration from the upstairs (or downstairs) neighbor when they drop an object or someone starts hammering nails into the walls. This vibration is from impact. Walls and floors also vibrate and are excellent transmitters of these vibrations, which propagate through the building. But it’s not just there that things vibrate. Isolated items, like small objects, glass cups, pictures, and others, vibrate intensely when they receive sound pressure waves. If inanimate objects vibrate, imagine us living beings, with respiratory flow, water flow in the body, being aware of what we are hearing! Imagine interacting vital signs characteristic of living beings with these meaningful vibrations!

Each object has its own characteristics, such as the type of material it is made of, its constructive shape, density, etc. Thus, each one has its own vibration frequency. Each one at its own frequency!

Our body vibrates, our cells vibrate, we are made up of atoms, which by their nature are always vibrating, dancing, circulating, like the dance of electrons, the cosmic dance of the universe, the dance in the wheel of fire of Shiva Nataraja. Everything flows, everything changes, everything is in constant movement: cybernetic cycle—nothing repeats itself. It creates, it renews. We do not bathe in the same river twice. Different sounds vibrate in different parts of the body and affect our various chakras.

The most basic can be worked with vowel sounds like "Aaa," which vibrates more in the chest - the fourth chakra or heart chakra. The sound "Ôôô" resonates deeply in the belly, in the solar plexus, and "Êêê" in the head. There are different tones and sounds to resonate with the chakras. Students of speech therapy and sound itself and its characteristics confirm the existence of this connection between sound and the psychological, and even biological, state in each being. Generally speaking, the higher the tone, the higher the chakra it vibrates.

For example, percussion sounds "hammer" the sex chakra. This is one of the reasons we go wild at parties where the "boom boom putz putz" of techno/trance is played. We feel as if we are awakening our sexual energy, which is why we enjoy these deeply pounding rhythms. It is no coincidence that Brazil is driven by samba!

Another interesting factor is that the number of beats per minute (BPM) of a

certain rhythm often connects us to the pulse of our heartbeat, transporting

our memory back to a time when we communicated with the outside world

only through vibrations; the maternal womb.

There are dynamic meditation techniques with music where the rhythm

used is often up to seven times faster than the heart rate in a resting state, causing us to accelerate due to the inertia that the music's rhythm induces. Unlike flutes and string instruments, which calm and touch the heart chakra, Indian classical music stimulates the higher chakras, which is why the sitar is widely used in India.

Water sounds also remind us of the maternal womb, giving us a sense of comfort and relaxation, and even evoke sensuality, as water is related to the flow of life. However, the effects also depend on the listener's state. Basically, any sound can release blocked energy. The best way to allow this to happen is to accept any feelings connected with that sound. Of course, there are sounds, like an explosion, that are simply too much, causing the body to close off to protect itself.

With music, which transcends matter, some parts of the body release tensions and emotions; others open up and absorb the sounds. They are like food for the soul. A syllable widely used since the creation of the universe is OM or AUM. OM or AUM is the most sacred sound for Hindus and is the seed of all mantras or prayers. It is specifically a strong vibration. All Indian mantras (prayers) begin with OM.

OM is the key to transcendental connection; it is the first of all vibrations. The "3" represents the trinity of the gods of creation, preservation, and destruction; it is the triad that appears in all religions of this material plane, as in the name of the "father, son, and holy spirit." The "O" is the silence of reaching God, Nirvana.

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