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SETMI

Search for ExtraTerrestrial Music Intelligence

By

Dr. Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg

WAS THERE A TWANG BEFORE THE BIG BANG?

There is a growing acknowledgment among physicists world wide, including several Nobel laureates, that the universe may actually exist in higher-dimensional space.

Michio Kaku, Hyperspace

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of Nature. And it is because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we are trying to solve.

Max Planck

Everything has now changed, except our way of thinking

Albert Einstein

It seems absurd that astronomy, the oldest science, cannot tell us what the universe is made of.

Jeff Kanipe, Editor, Astronomy

TRY TO IMAGINE

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ROCK & ROLL IF WE
DISCOVERED MUSIC ALIENS WHO HAD:
JUST ONE EXTRA FINGER ON EACH HAND
OR
FINGERS THAT HAD AN EXTRA JOINT

OR THINK OF THIS ANOTHER WAY
TRY TO IMAGINE THE MUSIC KEITH RICHARDS WOULD MAKE IF HE HAD
SIX FINGERS ON EACH HAND, AND EACH HAD AN EXTRA ONE INCH JOINT

OR

WHAT IF MUSIC ALIENS HAD JUST
TWO MORE OCTAVES TO THEIR VOICE?

OR THINK OF THIS ANOTHER WAY
TRY TO IMAGINE TINA TURNER’S VOICE THAT COULD WAIL ONE
OCTAVE LOWER AND ONE OCTAVE HIGHER

WHAT IF:

"MUSIC IS THE ENERGY THAT EXCITES THE HOLOGRAM OF EXISTENCE"

Was it possible, he* wondered, that what the mystics had been saying for centuries were true, reality was maya, an illusion, and what was out there was really a vast, resonating symphony of waves, a "frequency domain" that was transformed into the world as we know it only after it entered our senses?

The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot

*Dr. Karl Pribomb, neurophysiologist, Sanford University, author, Languages of the Brain

INTRODUCTION

The feature article in April 1999/Rolling Stone Magazine is a story about an Internet millionaire who has dropped out of Cyberspace, and is devoting his life to SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (www.thewordistruth.org). The music industry, which has traditionally supported revolutionary political ideas, is just beginning to explore the revolution in cosmology and quantum physics. Like you, I started to explore the notion of higher forms of musical intelligence a number of years ago, and it is time to enlist your help and go further and deeper. Why is it so important for us to expand our imagination about the nature of music, mind and evolution?

Let me make the sequence of music expansion clear: (1) expanded imagination, (2) new technology, and (3) new forms of musical expression.

2001 is 1899

Let’s pretend, because this imaginative leap will help put this adventure in perspective. One hundred years ago we were poised at the next century and there was much excitement. Now let’s check out the amazing world of 1899. There is no electricity. There are no motor cars or airplanes. There is no electronics, little or no music in our lives, no computers, no hot-rods, no Playboy Magazine, no television, no rock and roll, no pizza, and while we have heard about motion pictures we haven’t seen them yet. In spite of the dizzying changes all about us, it is very difficult to believe the fantastic stories we hear about the future.

Can you imagine the effect on someone living in 1899 if we could bring them just thirty years into the future to 1930?

I am suggesting that the same type of dynamic is still true, and many of you will find the notion of higher dimension of music intelligence unbelievable. If I would have predicted in 1899 that, very soon, you would have all the music you wanted in your home, or on the street, or in your car, and would have described a rock concert, you would have looked at me like I was crazy, and you would be right. If I had tried to describe, in 1940, the electric guitar you would have screamed in horror.

Yet, we are on the verge of exactly the same type of revolutionary shift in human culture, and it is not about technology, but about the way our mind in our brain organizes itself. These revolutionary shifts in mind/brain have occurred many times during its current 500,000-year-old form, yet we seem oblivious to them. Not only is the human mind, for the first time, on the verge of knowing higher dimensions of reality, it is on the verge of expressing higher dimensions of music reality, and music will be the primary mutagenic of this new mind expansion.

For this new music paradigm to emerge a new music mind must emerge first; a mind capable of imagining higher dimension of music intelligence. This is already happening, and again, like our friends in 1899, if they had looked harder they would have discovered the auto, electricity, and electronics were very pregnant ideas, and would soon be born into their world.

DON’T MIND ME

Anyone who studies the development of mind is keenly aware that they are studying not an elegant, coherent or consistent design but more a Rube Goldberg, a cognitive mish/mash patch work quilt of conflicting cognitive centers. We all know how very little we know about mind, but we can be sure of this: the enigmas, paradoxes and conflicts inherent in the structure of mind is manifest in all human activities.

As we enter the next millennia we are hearing predictions about what the future holds, yet there little or no rumination on how our mind will evolve. It is easy to talk about the material world. It is very difficult to describe the evolution of trees while you living up one in the forest.

BREAKOUT

To this thermionic techno-shaman, the major breakout of the next century is very predictable: we will begin to experience beyond our normal four dimensional reality and finally sense what Einstein predicted almost one hundred years ago....reality is far more complex than we experience with our feeble "modern model" of reality. Those of you who are following the frontiers of quantum physics and cosmology know what I am talking about.

We also know that we humans were making music long before we created thought or used language, by about 20,000 years. This priority of music over thought is discussed very little. This obvious continuum between music consciousness and the creation of mind seems a taboo subject.

We can be sure of the priority of music consciousness because Neanderthal/Stone Age flutes were discovered that have diatonic scales (www.webstar.sk.ca/greenwich/OG-EZ.HTM), which, according to their dating, are about twenty thousand years older than the appearance of thought/language. How do we know that pre-thought man was creating symbolic rhythmic sounds? Anthropologist can measure their intervals. Our genius for organizing harmonics into meaningful patterns preceded our genius for thought.... or is it all the same? This shouldn’t surprise any of us because, what is language other than rhythmic patterns of symbolic sounds? This means we had developed the capacity to create rhythmic symbolic sounds before we created thought and language, because you can’t have one without the other. The meaning of sound is that it has meaning because our survival depended on our brain’s ability to ascribe meaning to harmonics.

THE TWANG BEFORE THE BIG BANG™

You are all aware of The Big Bang; the notion that the universe started with a big explosive harmonic. This is the central intellectual theorem of cosmology, and it is all wrong, and I am the first to name it. The Big Bang was not the primal moment of creation. Something happened before it, and it was a Twang.

I am not the first to hear the Twang Before the Big Bang©. Jimmy Hendrix and millions of other music souls heard it too. I am only the first to name it. Those of you who have the newly evolved Nth Dimensional mind have this primal sound in you, in the same way cosmologists have the secondary harmonic, The Big Bang, in them. (The Big Bang is a meme, as is the Twang) It shouldn’t surprise you that all theories of creation start with a very big sound. This is an archetype of mind. Om!

Let me explain why the BIG BANG was not the primal sound. The Big Bang is an intellectual construction, a metaphor of a scientific four-dimensional mind; a meme of the old paradigm, like musical accuracy. A couple of obvious points: (1) the true reality of the universe is not four dimensions, but N dimensions and asserting that the primal creation can be known with a feeble four dimensional mind is arrogant, Yet, paradoxically there is great scientific humility about scientist’s general weak understanding of the nature of the universe’s reality. Astronomers now admit just how little they know. How little do scientists know about reality? Put on your safety belts, because……

THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF FOR THE EXISTENCE OF MUSIC

For scientists, music simply doesn’t exist, because there is no scientific proof for music’s existence. It can’t be weighed, measured, or quantified.

You and I and billions of others know that music exists because we experience it in our body.... only. Out there is only noise...and it only becomes music when it enters our being. Music has not independent existence..music is only an emotion...and deeply felt concrete physical experience. But for scientist this, one of the world’s most common emotions, this experience doesn’t exist.... because music only exists within us, like love, hate, courage, and hope....and these experiences can’t be quantified. The most common and compelling human experiences, those, which are at the foundation of culture, because they can not be scientifically measured, do not exist for scientists, in the way that God or any other spiritual force can not exist for the scientific investigator.

LET’S GET IN TOUCH WITH REALITY:
MUSIC AS A MUTAGENIC OF MIND/BODY

Shall I say this another way? Music is now (because mind mandated it) the primary mutagenic of mind. Music created mind. Mind then created exactly the type of music that it needed to advance its mutation. The music mind is self-mutagenic. Music is the best tool for enhancing the sensitivity of neural synapses so that their capacity to generate "imagination" is expanded, which is exactly what is missing in the scientific community, and in most segments of the audio industry. Imagination always creates the future. Imagination is the Twang before the Big Bang. The dematerial existed before the material.

Or let me put it another way. The scientific mind will not be able to grasp higher dimensions of reality because it can’t tune into the full range of harmonics of the universe. Cosmology and quantum physics, like all good orthodox religions are brilliantly structured, internally consistent, powerful editors, that desperately hopes it has some sticky relationship to reality. Science will not be able embrace the complexity of the universe until it is able to get much further down into its funky harmonic intelligence; the intelligence that was proto-thought, the mind that knew before the mind became an editor, the mind that is creating its own mutation to higher level of perception.

Higher forms of intelligent life exists, They are, it is, just like mind, a dematerial form of energy, and it is already deeply embedded in the harmonics of the mind, except our hearing is not sensitive enough to hear what it/they are telling us. That is why I have organized SETM™: SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE. Music in mind is an out of control virus that forces the mutation of mind. Yet, there is no doubt to make CONTACT we need more advanced music technology, not more advanced telescopes, and for that to happen we must first elevate our music consciousness; we must first elevate our imagination.

THE URGE TO MERGE WITH A HIGHER FORCE

How intense are humankind’s efforts to alter its mind/body metacontext? How large is the demand for mind alteration in America? I did some research on this subject while I was Chairman of the Addiction Brain Trust and tried to figure out how much Americans were spending on all forms of mind/body altering substances: alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. The amount of dollars spent was much larger than the Defense Department budget. When you add in other forms of exogenous mind/body altering products like music and audio technology, it appears to me that America’s largest group of consumer products are those that are expressly designed to get us out of "normal mind" and boot us up into an altered state of consciousness. This is nothing new, yet it is one of the best insights into the music explosion all over the world.... humans are demanding increasing doses of mind expanding stimulation.

Nothing is a clearer sign of our species’ genius than our creativity in inventing and discovering WHAT EVER IT TAKES to improve the mutation and evolution of mind, and at the top of that creative impulse is the invention, in this century, of the process of encoding and decoding music. Clearly, today music is the most commonly consumed psychotropic substance. Music is an exogenous neural transmitter; it is an external stimulant to the brain. Mind knows how to create stimulants to alter its own processes. Music alters and advances the operation of our brain in exactly the same way as any (now illegal) plant alkaloid. This explains why music is so popular. We need to alter our minds so that it gets out of its low level industrial, and highly edited, limited perceptual/sensual metacontext, and is made more aware, more alert, and more capable of experiencing the whole-osity of reality.

Now let me bring you back to our state of intellectual primitivism. We are just beginning to accept the dynamics of the evolution of species thanks to a theory created in the last half of the 19th century by Darwin. Almost one hundred and fifty years later there are still wide segments of the American population that resist this notion and believes that the world was created in seven days. As we enter the 21st century we still don’t have a credible theory about the evolution of mind, but mind doesn’t care, because it just keeps on mutating. What a perplexing paradox...we are still not yet intelligent enough to understand the evolution of intelligence.

A BLADE OF GRASS BREAKING THROUGH THE CONCRETE

While I was in the middle of the Soviet revolution a friend of mind, a Catholic priest offered me this insight into the life of Jesus Christ, the Soviet revolution, and all revolutions. He said..."Revolutions are blades of grass breaking through the concrete". The future never emerges from the center, but from the passionate rebel on the edge.

This is grand good news for those with a brave new vision of the audio arts, and the new generation of music lovers who are not bound by the old four-dimensional paradigm of music. The harder we hold on to the old ways the sooner we will perish. Mutate or die, which means it is time for us to elevate our imagination about music and music technology.

There is no music out there. There is only one music. You are the only music. Extraterrestrial music intelligence is already embedded in you. Are you ready for contact? When you are ready, you too will hear The Twang Before The Big Bang©. I am inviting you all to join me on the XH-1, as we journey to the Nth Dimension of Music HyperSpace as we Search for ExtraTerrestrial Music Intelligence, which is embedded, deep in our musical souls.

™©Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg, 2001

RECOMMENDED READINGS

HyperSpace, Michio Kaku

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins (Chapter 11:Memes)

The Origins of Consciousness in the Break-Down of the Bicameral Mind: Julian Jaynes

The Evolution of Consciousness, Robert Ornstein

Bright Air, Brilliant Fire, Gerald M. Edelman, (A Nobel Laureate’s vision of how Mind organizes the brain)

ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence: Jean Heidman (serious discussion of subject)

The Measure of Reality: Alfred W Crosby (about the quantification of society 1250-1600)

Plants of the Gods: Schultes/Hoffman (About the relationship between the sacred and plant alkaloids)

Aaron Copland: Music and Imagination (Must reading)

Music, Brain and Ecstasy: Robert Jourdan (A complete affirmation of the premise of my book, The Search for Musical Ecstasy)

The Origins of Music, Bob Fink

Brain Sex, Moir (explores the structural and cognitive differences in the male and female brain)

THE MYSTERIOUS FLAME, Conscious Minds In A Material World, by Colin Mc Ginn.


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