Between The Notes – Philippo Franchini



Between The Notes

4: All In One

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By Philippo Franchini, “The Musical Alchemist”

Hello Alchemy Friends!  In this month’s Webisode we have excerpts of an interview with Sage Knight, who is an author (and singer as well) and we explore sound waves, tuning forks and the big OM (not quite the big “O”, but related!)

One of the tools I use for sound work and healing is a set of specially crafted tuning forks which can be very effective in focusing the mind, calming the nervous system and achieving a sense of harmony. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the perfect fifth interval is known to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Lao Tzu referred to this interval as the source of universal harmony between the forces of Yin and Yang. In India, the perfect fifth is believed to create a sound through which Shiva calls Shakti to the dance of life! The effects of these forks are something you really have to experience to understand. You can learn more about tuning forks and intervals for healing at Dr. John Beaulieu, who has been one of my teachers, has done a great deal of research and his website is loaded with fascinating information.

The large gong I use in the video has a deep, rich and resonant sound, and of course it is not itself the universal OM that we’ve referred to before, but a sonic representation that can affect our brainwaves and that can be felt pulsing through the physical body. Deep bass tones effect us on a gut level, they can literally rearrange our cellular patterns over time and even change the way the body produces hormones.

Extremely loud bass frequencies such as in a live concert or dance club can sometimes be disturbing to sensitive people, so be careful! On the other hand, high pitched frequencies tend to effect our nervous system and head region. When these frequencies are harmonious they can open our consciousness and produce euphoric feelings. If these frequencies are dissonant however, they can really make us cringe and hurt our ears (i.e. a police siren or a badly played violin.)

Within the sonic character of a large gong there exists a varied spectrum of tones and frequencies—some audible to our ears and some beyond our range. When I say that every note contains every other note this not only represents a cosmic principle of Oneness, but is acoustically true because of the law of harmonic over and undertones. These subtle sonic layers give music—especially music created on acoustic instruments—depth and richness.

Pythagoras investigated and wrote about these natural laws of proportion and harmony in the fifth century B.C. and our modern science has now confirmed and advanced his original research. I will go into more detail about the harmonic series in future blogs.  For those of you who are musically or scientifically inclined, take a look at this diagram that shows the amazing spirallic tonal progression. We’ll have another visit with Sage in our next webisode. Check out her website: She is quite a “tuned in” being!

Until next month, stay in tune and resonate deeply! If you have any questions or comments, you can post them below…don’t be shy!


Philippo, The Musical Alchemist


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