My name is Mark John. I am a musician, a writer, an educator and a passionate researcher. Music and writing have been a consistent part of my entire adult life.
My current project, Music of the Periodic Table explores the vibrational qualities of the physical world, highlighting the unique light and tone of the elements.
My intent is to re-tune and fine tune our music and tones to create a more resonant environment which can be beneficial in healing and contribute to raising the vibrations of the planet.
This blog is an invitation to join me on my quest.
Explanation of the Process of Finding Light and Sound Resonance
The purpose of this project is to retune the music that we make to be resonant with the physical world.
In ancient times there was an intuitive sense of the world as people intoned their words and prayers. Moving through history, first in China and then in Greece, certain mathematical relationships were discovered. These were related to the fractional proportions of a string on a monochord. Please see the article by Philip Stewart. (This is a technical overview of how our 12 tone scale developed and finding the perfect tonal relationships.)
The very beginning part of this project is to examine each element and find their inherent tones. The next is to examine how these tones relate to the current organization of the elements that make up our world. As the calculations are expanded, I will begin to construct a tonal framework from which not only individual element scales can be constructed, but also a division between the octaves and an identification of the relationships. Questions that remain to be answered are: if the tonal sequence is in a quarter tone scale or even perhaps an eighth tone scale; are there elements that are octaves of each other; and how do these tones and their relationships relate to the qualities of the elements as reflected in the periodic table.
The goal is to create healing music for our time. Many individuals recognize the relationships between tone, light and health. This work will bring a finer resolution into healing work and perhaps into our social realm.
Everything is in a state of movement and vibration. Light and sound are in a continuum of vibration.
Within these frequencies there is also the wavelength. Another way to quantify vibration is to use the wavelength. This is often measured in Ångstroms which is 10 -10 meters, or in Nanometers, which is 10 -9 meters. Here is a chart of the electro-magnetic spectrum. Note that sound is not included in this chart as sound is considered differently.
Frequency can be converted from wavelength by using the following equation:
f = c /l where f is frequency in Hertz (Hz) , c is the speed of light in meters/second and l is wavelength in meters. The latter is usually converted from Ångstroms or nanometers (nm) to meters for calculation purposes.
Light, measured in Angstroms, has a very high measure in Hz. (trillions of Hz per second). Using the laws of harmonics one can continually divide by 2 to reduce the very high values to those that can be heard by us. With sound, every time a frequency is divided by 2 you get to the same tone one octave lower and if you double the frequency you get one octave higher. The basic auditory range is between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz.
As can be seen from the charts on this page, the range of visible light is very small and the auditory range is also only a small portion of the entire spectrum.
Where the Colors and Tones Come From
In the field of spectrometry, every element has a specific set of colors that are emitted when observed. If you take an element and bring it to a higher energy state and then observe it as it returns to a resting state, there is always the same set of wavelengths emitted. At certain energy states the wavelengths are in the visible spectrum. The colors and tones presented are from the major emission spectrum.