In the Beginning are the Vibrations:
Whitehead, Deleuze, McLaren, and the Vibraphone
How responding to climate change, and maturing as a species,
may depend on our replacing visual metaphors with auditory ones, thus
recognizing the vibratory and musical nature of reality. Scroll down for some good listening.
a polyphony by Jay McDaniel
Thus the quanta are, in their own nature, somehow vibratory...vibration and rhythm have a dominating importance in the physical world.
What Is an Event?
Whitehead is the successor, or diadoche, as the Platonic philosophers used to say, of the school's leader. The school is somewhat like a secret society. With Whitehead's name there comes for the third time an echo of the question, What is an event? He takes up the radical critique of the attributive scheme, the great play of principles, the multiplications of categories, the conciliation of the universal and the individual example, and the transformation of the concept into a subject: an entire hubris. He stands provisionally as the last great Anglo-American philosopher before Wittgenstein's disciples spread their misty confusion, sufficiency, and terror. An event does not just mean that "a man has been run over." The Great Pyramid is an event, and its duration for a period of one hour, thirty minutes, five minutes . . . . a passage of Nature, of God, or a view of God. What are the conditions that make an event possible? Events are produced in a chaos, in a chaotic multiplicity, but only under the condition that a sort of screen intervenes....
Vibrate can be traced to the Latin word vibratus, which means to ‘move quickly to and fro’, or shake, which itself has roots in words referring to the wagging of a dog’s tail, swinging or wiping.
Vibrations and Oscillations: How do they work?
CLIMATE CHANGE and some other implications of vibratory existence
Abstract: Modern Process Philosophy began when Alfred North Whitehead realized that existence is primarily vibratory, not points but processes. Vibrations are best understood as sound waves, or through using auditory metaphors rather than visual ones. Our Universe is more like music than matter, but how does this help us better understand it? In this paper I use the example of the large ocean current oscillators that help drive our climate systems to reveal the more effective nature of auditory approaches. Through an auditory approach, we can better understand the ways these oscillations constrain and interact with other levels of oscillations as well as how they might be destroyed by other levels. This can then lead to us extending our ethics to the conservation of these oscillations.
Life is the complex, non-linear, hierarchical, baroque arrangement of particular frequencies of beats, bass lines and melodies all synchronizing to self-regulate vibratory existence. Life can assert its independence (follow the beat of its own drum) while being in sync with the whole. Life is music that begins to hear music, that is; not only do musical patterns merely affect each other (as waves interact) but an essentially non-linear musical semiotic emerges. Unlike non-living processes, life transforms the music of the Universe into novel arrangements in order to regulate its own existence. But life at lower levels of complexity is limited in creative freedom and ability. It is with the emergence of the level of human beings, perhaps the most complex musical arrangements in the Universe,where singer/composers emerge; producers of music produced by music.
The future of humanity within our present limited context, having access to only the resources of this one planet, will be strongly determined by our ability to subvert the drive toward flatland. This can be achieved by developing a new ethics based on the recognition and understanding of the nature of vibratory existence. This will be contiguous with the replacement of many visual metaphors with auditory ones.The drive towards flatland, the continual excessive dampening of vibrations for the purpose of meeting particular human wants at the expense of all others, reveals a lack of such understanding and resembles more the often polarized thought processes of adolescents. A mature humanity will be one that identifies and recognizes the mean, the boundary constraints that condition the flourishing of life, the complex synchronizing of multiple oscillators at different frequencies. As almost all holistic traditions have argued, when we stray from well-worn paths as we sometimes should, we must be able to find and create them again. In other words, we oscillate in relation to a mean. The search for the meaning of life, is the search for the mean. The North Atlantic Current has profound meaning for us, as does the Gulf Stream and Southern Oscillator, which needs to be continually created and maintained.
Feeling The Vibes: The Short History Of A Long Instrument
The legend goes like this: In 1930, jazz drummer Lionel Hampton was performing a gig at the NBC studios. In those days, and for a long time to come, the sound that identified NBC was three notes (G-E-C) on the vibraphone; naturally, there was a vibraphone in the studio. After his gig was over, Hampton started messing with the instrument and became fascinated by it.Shortly thereafter, Hampton brought "the vibes" — as the instrument is now commonly called — to a recording session with Louis Armstrong. Their version of "Memories of You" is the first known jazz recording to incorporate the vibraphone. And jazz has been using the vibes like crazy ever since.
Gary Burton and the Vibraphone
What is a Vibration?
vibration, periodic back-and-forth motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium, commonly resulting when almost any physical system is displaced from its equilibrium condition and allowed to respond to the forces that tend to restore equilibrium.
A Sample of Vibraphone Pieces Offered by NPR