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Rosslyn Chapel: The Music of the Cubes [Paperback]

Thomas James Mitchell
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Dec 2006
The discovery of ancient musical notation hidden in carvings at Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland and its translation into a real composition; chapters on musical structure and its relationship to philisophical and scientific concepts, such as the Fibonnaci series, Pythagorean theorems, the Golden Mean and so on
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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Diversions Books (Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955462908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955462900
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,389,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem 29 May 2007
After researching harmonics - which has been sometimes referred to as The Lost Science of Antiquity - for a number of years I find Tommy Mitchell's work is very special. To some this book may appear to be superficial. It can be deceptive in its brevity but it captures an essence in its pages which is profound. The way Tommy interlaces his research at Rosslyn with Fibonacci, the Diatonic Music Scale, Pythagoras, the Enneagram I found to be masterful.This work can be read at a number of levels. I hope it is preserved as a classic of its time. It deserves a place on the shelves of anyone who truly is seeking to understand the profound influences of both seen and unseen forces on our lives. Thank you for taking the time to write this book Tommy - we are the richer for your efforts
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You may have seen the media reports on the apparently amazing discovery of a secret piece of music "frozen" in the elaborate carved interior of the famous Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland. Given the many spurious claims made about the chapel in the last 20 years (see "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", and more recently the "Da Vinci Code"), I was quite sceptical of these claims and wanted more information. I could only find snippets online about how the father and son Mitchell "team" believed that the carvings were actually visualisations of sound/vibrations. I was therefore hopeful that this book would provide some evidence for their claims. et me say right away that it does not.

Much of the book is taken up with philosophical and spiritual discussion of precisely zero relevance to the topic at hand. Those of you familiar with "New Age" pseudoscientific jargon will recognise such phrases as "Earth energies", "sacred geometry" and "vortices", and the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of quantum science.

In what remains, it is not clear just how the "Rosslyn Motet" was actually derived and put together. Of the 213 "cubes", only the carvings and corresponding sound-patterns for four notes are shown. I can only assume that we are expected to take the remaining notes and the composition purely on faith. Even these four carvings appear very little like the sound-patterns Mitchell ascribes to them; some lines and shapes are used, others ignored, to make the pattern "fit" the carving. This is personal opinion, speculation, perhaps even wishful thinking. There is no more validity to this idea than to those people who claim to see the face of Jesus in a grilled-cheese sandwich, or a sailing ship in a cloud.
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