For many millennia there has been a human quest to explore and understand our natural surroundings, we have looked to the heavens and to the earth for inspiration, survival, celebration and more often drawing natural connections between the two. These insights are reflected through the Arts (Painting, Music and Dance), the Sciences (Math, Geometry and Astronomy) and include the well-being of all creatures and things both Spiritual and Physical.
Rainbow Music was born from this curiosity, asking the simple questions about the connections from above and below and looking for the most elegant and simple answer.
Fundamentally everything in the universe from the vastness of the galaxies to the smallest atoms and beyond are all connected through vibration. Everything vibrates or oscillates, even us. Take the orbit of the earth around the sun. The earth travels around the sun covering vast distances or length and does it on a regular basis or frequency, i.e. Every 365~ days. The same can be said about the how the Moon travels around the earth and does it more frequently, every 28 days.
These two concepts of space and time are connected and proportional, the greater the frequency the shorter the length.
In the sciences this is known as Wave Length and Frequency and it applies from the very very large to the very very small.
Armed with this most basic insight we just need to look now for the natural relationship between all things and one of these is the natural relationship between sound and color.
If we look at the most commonly accepted view of these two natural forces (light / sound) here’s what you will see.
First let’s look at light.
You will see in this chart on the left (courtesy of wikipedia) that for the color Red to be the color Red it must vibrate within a specific range. 400-484 THz.
So what is a THz you might ask? Well the Hz means cycles (vibrations) per second with 1Hz being 1 cycle per second and the (T) in THz means “Billion” so 400-484 Billion Cycles per Second. That’s really fast! The cycles per second are called Frequency as shown on the chart.
So each color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, (Indigo) and Violet) have their own frequency. If the frequency changes the color changes.
|OK now let’s look at sound and in particular Harmonic Sound.|
The table on the left shows the standard western tuning for Concert Pitch known as A440. This means that (at the bottom) the A note is tuned to 440Hz then each tone above is evenly spaced until the next note A which will be A at 880 Hz exactly double where the process starts again. This also applies as we go down from A 440Hz to A 220Hz exactly half the pitch or frequency of the A 440Hz. In music these are called Octaves which we discuss further here:
Just like the light frequencies, in order for the Note A to be the Note A it needs to be in a specific range around 440Hz. We have not always tuned to 440Hz in fact in ancient times we tuned A at 432 Hz and then evenly spaced the tones both up and down.
We believe that the tuning of A 432Hz is a more natural tuning point but for the sake of this discussion it doesn’t matter that much.
Spend a minute and compare the Frequencies of the Musical Notes here to the Frequencies of light above.
Let’s now bring the two together for you, connecting Music to Color.
You can see from the table on the left that the Frequencies of the Sounds and the Frequencies of Light are a perfect natural connection. Move either the sound or the color just a small amount and they are no longer that sound or color.
Is this an accident or coincidence, we say absolutely not. They are a natural harmonic of each other.
The similarities are simply fascinating!
There are 7 main colors identified in the rainbow.
Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet
and there are 7 whole tones in Music.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G
There are 5 transition points between the 7 colors.
Red-Orange, Yellow-Green, Green-Blue, Indigo-Violet, Violet- None Visible
and there are 5 Flat / Sharp notes in the Music Scale.
A#/Bb, C#/Db, D#/Eb, F#/Gb & G#/Ab
7 Whole Notes & Colors and 5 transition Notes & Colors both have a total 12
The difference between visible light (THz) and harmonic sound (Hz) is exactly 1 billion or 12 zeros or 1012
The similarities continue even further when you look closely, even more so when A 432Hz tuning is used, creating a perfect lock between the two, leading further to natural math and geometry.
So it can easily be said that the color red is the same as the note A just at a different pitch. And of course this applies to all other notes too.
This basic insight gives us great freedom to explore the connection between the heavens and earth and gives us the tools to be able to make music from our natural surroundings. It shouldn’t come as a great surprise then that the Indigenous Australian instrument the Didgeridoo has a base pitch of D (Green). Eg. see Green trees play (D) Green.
This understanding continues to extend, only limited by imagination and ones ability to interrupt the natural environment whilst being able to create art that not only looks beautiful but also has harmonious sounds or melody.
Here are just a couple of simple examples that our children can learn and apply to bring greater depth and meaning into the things they learn and do. They illustrate in a simple form just a couple of ways that both Visual Art, Fashion and Music can now be connected.
Connecting Music to Color through Art and Fashion
This leads us to the Question, Why is Connecting Music to Color Important? The best way to answer this is to loosely define Rainbow Music.
What is Rainbow Music?
Rainbow Music is an accelerated learning sensory based programme. It explores and expresses the natural harmonic relationship between light and sound, the colors of the rainbow and musical notes and chords. It has benefits in painting, the arts, composing your own music, fashion and design, health, dance and the sciences including, math, geometry and astronomy. It requires no knowledge of music and has no age restrictions. It is designed for all to enjoy.
This is the greatest gift we can give to you and it is not in the answers to questions that we might ask but in the questions you ask and the journey you take to discover these answers. In many ways the music is a by product of these fundamental understandings, as you already have everything you need to be able to explore and discover this for yourself. It has taken us years to bring these insights into a cohesive Music Programme and we don’t want it to be a long road for you, in fact we have produced Rainbow Music as a short cut in your Music journey. We urge you not to forget its origins and to appreciate that Rainbow Music is a means or bridge not a destination. We hope that through the Rainbow bridge we can provide a shinning light that will guide you to re-discover the roots of music and use this to re-connect with your past, present and future in all forms of artistic and creative expression. Music and many other creative art forms have been used for millenia to build strong and closely connected cultures and to include and participate in the many flowers of life. It is your role amongst this to enjoy the flower in all it’s beauty and imperfections and be willing to share it with everyone you can.