Sunday, August 1, 2010

Monuments of Unaging Intellect

Erica Georgiadis has uploaded the text of the stanzas from the first volume of The Secret Doctrine on YouTube. Ranging from four to nine minutes, the videos feature graphics and acoustics and can be accessed here.

The musician John Gilbert has uploaded his reading of chapters from Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled on Internet The first five chapters of volume 1 can be heard here, and chapters six to ten here.

The connection between Blavatsky and abstract music is part of musical lore, her inspiration of Alexander Scribian (who wanted to orchestrate the Secret Doctrine) being one of the best known. Her influence on modern composers has also been a matter of conjecture, as one musical site recently noted:

I forgot to give you this... This is how Flying Lotus introduced “Heave(n)”, a brief track that would seem it has been left off the new album “Cosmogramma” (Warp, 2010). Now it surfaces accompanied by an intriguing promo video where a bunch of slaves push and pull (heave) their terrain and human condition towards the low tiers of the sky (heaven)... perhaps influenced by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s work.

The short track by Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison, nephew of the late Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane known for their meditative music) can be heard here.

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