What sort of external music resembles the internal harmonies

Updated June 29, 2022


If you are used to the ethereal music that the inward-facing senses reveal when the outward ones are partly turned off, memories of these harmonies can be triggered when listening to external music from artists like Charalambides. This image grabbed from the web is a cover from their album ‘A Vintage Burden.’

Maybe Mozart got inspired to compose music by listening to the ethereal harmonies inside him. This is not to say that his music sounds precisely like inner music. But the flow in his music resembles the effortless elegance and beauty of ethereal harmonies arising from inside when the outward-facing senses are more or less ignored. However, this does not apply when Mozart neglects the natural flow to reach a peak. There is no drama in ethereal harmonies because they accompany one perpetual present, which has no beginning and end, thus no drama.

Bells and similar sounds that do not add to something specific resemble inner ethereal music. But not in the monotonic way of the bells in the churches because ethereal music is non-structured harmonies.

The organic way contemporary electronic music moves without going nowhere has much resemblance to the ethereal harmonies. However, contemporary electronic music is about producing ambient textures that seem without beginning or end. It uses glitches, other sonic artefacts, slowed-played steel guitar, analogue or synth sounds mixed with piano loops, chimes and bells to accomplish this. However, these effects result in a harder edge and a less transparent sound than the inner music, which has a crystal clear but transparent sound with no sonic artefacts needed to produce the spiciness. Actually, it arises from not trying to achieve anything.

But new-age music that sounds like dreamy symphonies of otherworldly states – Karunesh and Marsen Jules, for example – does not resemble ethereal harmonies but the new-age fantasy of a merry-go-round world, where everything is good. This is a childish dream because goodness can only be experienced when contrasted with evil. See hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

Ethereal music is not symphonic or anything else that suggests a progression in linear time. And it is not otherworldly because it echoes that which is One, and there is nothing but oneness since it is formless, thus endless. But in a world where there seems to be more than one, oneness cannot be comprehended. Thus the random sounds of ethereal music united in one perpetual present are most likely remembered as they fit together like a symphony moving forward in time.

When Alexius experiences the world of the outward-facing senses, he does not try to change it into the harmonies of the inward-facing senses. Instead, he goes with the music of the outward-facing senses. But he does not do it to drown out the inward-facing senses. Instead, he uses them to relate to the music of the outward-facing senses. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Experiencing the world of the outward-facing senses, Alexius does not listen to music resembling the inner harmonies. Instead, he adjusts to the world of the outward-facing senses and its music. He likes Editors and Philip Glass. And he loves Boleros from the 50s, especially Lucho Gatica. He also likes the Danish singer Bjørn Fjæstad. And guitar virtuosos, such as Dean McPhee and Derek Gripper. The latter is a classical guitarist from Cape Town, specialising in the kora music of Mali. Alexius cannot stop listening to Beth Gibbons, especially in Górecki – Symphony No. 3. Recently he discovered Adrianne Lenker.

This article is a continuation previous article The four aspects of Enlightenment and how to sample them in regards to ethereal music, which also is mentioned in the following article The ins and outs of the inward-facing senses, plus in the below ones:

Below is a list of electronic artists producing soundscapes that resemble inner music. Please be aware that although the inner music is impersonal, pointing out specific music with a similar vibe is personal. The list was made in 2015 and is far from complete. If you click on the below links, you can hear the music on Boomkat.

On Boomkat, you can also listen to two of Alexius’ favourite musicians, namely Lubomyr Melnyk and James Blackshaw. They are influenced by minimalist composers and European classical music, incorporating overtones, drones and repeating patterns. Drones, although, only in the case of James Blackshaw.

They have made an album together, almost bringing you into a not-knowing state. But not entirely because you are dependent on the atmosphere that the music creates, and in a state of not-knowing, you are not reliant on anything. Click here to enjoy the last track from the album.

NOTE: This article is part of hack #6.3 The inward-facing senses, Enlightenment and its glimpses.

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