The Phenomena of Rhythmic Energy, Language, Music, the Arts
And their historical implications
Philosophical Exstasis: Linguisticism
***I have no fucking clue what I even really said in here. Well, I have an IDEA... but yeah. Hahahaha. Have fun. (Apparently I wrote in the grammar rules that fragmented sentences are encouraged & I use “it’s” regardless if it’s wrong or not.)***
“The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish.” – Terence Mckenna
("Alien Dreamtime" a multimedia event recorded live. (27 February 1993)
Societies across the world exist because they are forced to by the innate need for Modern Man to procreate. Humans, like all animals that require other animals of their species are forced by nature to be Social. The glitch in this system doesn’t exceed the ability the human brain received by whatever unknown force that introduced it to primate evolution; to intellectualize. In other words, from the Dawn of Man in some historical models primate evolution was brought about by a slow gradual evolutionary curve that is the direct result of an unknowingly powerful cataclysmic blast that sent matter into the universe in completely random directions, only to find agreeable matter, exchange numbers, and copulate. Terence McKenna had the idea that the Big Bang is the least likely scenario, so the Big Bang is the empty canvas of which Philosophers, Scientists, Preachers, Professors and the like have been painting their ideas or models of what the Universe is on. This empty canvas of unlikely possibility. Without diving too deep into my specific opinion on Evolutionary theory and how it relates to the consequential events in History and ultimately our development as a species, I’ll conclude this tangential introduction to Music and Arts with a single statement, that I think makes sense. If music were ever perfect, there would no longer be a need for it. Music is the Universe, in that we create our own models of what we feel Music is out of the transdimensional clay of multi-conceivable perceptions of socio-environmental influence.
Music and the Arts is always a very intensely philosophical undertaking. Because in order to understand the Arts (which is what people of the past referred to as Magic, Witchery, “Ninjitsu,“ and the like) one must delve into the very depths of the Human spirit. This is not an original notion by any means, but the desire to restate this notion is just as strong as the desire one gets as an artist, to create. True artistry, whether wrapped in this guise of Capitalist greed or bound by the twine of responsibility that is seemingly it’s very nature; to question the Self and therefore to question each other. Questioning is the key to realizing any related truths that one may have missed on the first go-’round. George Carlin said, “It’s not important to get children to read, children who are going to want to learn to read are going to learn to read, it’s more important to get children to question what they read. Children should be taught to question everything…,” and I’ll narrow that down a bit… everything they think they find complete truth, must be questioned. The argument usually is, if you don’t accept something as true and always question it, you’ll never find the truth. The simple response to that argument is why is it required to define a questioning statement as a statement only released and received to fulfill present notions of personally desirable intentions to find Truth. The concept of true intentionality… so rather than question something because it seems like it doesn’t make sense; and like what William Cooper said, question the things you even think you believe are truth, because if you enter the realm of mysterious discovery with pre-conceived notions on what the truth is, you‘ll only find evidence to support or deny your claim and will never find the Truth. This is the Chief Cornerstone of human intellectual history, the Sword in the Stone, the Light of the World, the Blessing in Retrospective Disguise. This is Nature at it’s very hub. In doing so consciously for the first time or some time after you‘ve reflected a bit, you will find yourself realizing truths in such rapid fashion based on so many layers of predetermined understandings, that you will feel a sensation of “awakening,” every single time. This is Truth fused with Emotional Response. This is the pre-functioned reaction your body feels is perfect to balance you (as an energy-filled being) when you discover a Truth. This concept alone is difficult to embrace, but you have to deduce it even further than the standard conclusion often reached by lazy intellectuals and uninspired political hustlers who‘s Ends are only Justified by “Means,” (makes you think, ends are justified by Means… more than likely on an ever increasing average scale; which may be where statistical probability comes from)… the trendy conclusion. In so far as, this is the Crux of intellectual growth’s systematic design. When an entity realizes a Truth, even before it decides to question it, as has been stated prior should be actively taught and practiced as a healthy behavior, there is a real sensation of the physiological sort, always occurring right on the money upon the discovery of a Truth. And it’s one of the most positive feelings one can experience in the emotional spectrum. This implies, in an almost identical way the Reproductive Processes our bodies cycle through when we feel we need to get “on the prowl,” and attempt to mate and procreate. The Urge. The work. The formalities. The Finances and ruined carpet and over flowing ashtrays that never get emptied. We all know what it‘s like, but when you finally reach true Orgasm with that mate, after all the smoke clears, you’ve striven for a single thing, Creation (by nature this is true in it‘s most natural sense, regardless of what modern misconceptions exist about the psycho-physiology of the difference between Love and Lust). Ideally (or not… circumstance beckons…again), a child is born. And therefore in a single instance, evolution pushes forth. When one discovers a Truth, the sensation created is intellectual Orgasm, and out of that intense emotional (and physical, I might add) response comes eventual Understanding of that Truth. Just as out of the intense physical and emotional response of the Sexual Process comes eventual Creation of the Intention. In perhaps simpler terms, the Parallel rears it’s oddly misshapen head in this idea: To Create anything, one must experience a Process of Creation, in which seemingly by it’s very nature, causes the urge to be a Creator. This is where I usually try to draw you into the connection between the Unknowable Forces we all deduce (as Philosophers or Humans, you choose the word) in dissimilar orders as the same thing; and the urge (that is also quite indescribable and unknowable) to Understand what/where/why/how/who the Unknowable Forces are. In the wake of this very simple and impossibly hasty process, is one thing: Creation. Regardless if we as Intellectual Humans are stuck in this void of infinite misunderstanding or infinite understanding, there is still present that indescribable Urge to create. This idea rings true on almost every layer of Human Society, Human Nature, and Humanity in it‘s most basic general terms, and with each ring comes an even more abundant and psychedelic resonating effect. Think in terms of exponential mathematics. You learn a Truth, you “awaken,” your Urge to discover more Truth kicks into high gear (the metaphysical Adrenal Gland of the Creation process), and in (with fair confidence in this estimation) the wake of that single new Understanding of Truth comes an undeterminable ripple effect of more Understandings of more Truths. Evolution down to it’s very core is simply a series of exponentially increasing Creation, in relation to what is needed to understand, regardless of the dimensionality. This is where you get the infinitely pieced puzzle of the Universe, with Philosophy and Art crafting the Present’s most definable means to fill in the “blanks.” Philosophically, all this means is Hegelian Dialectics, Marxism, and Democratic ideals all fit together on this puzzle as a shape (conceptual resonance, perhaps) just as Buddhism, Metaphysics and Christianity can be welded together (rather forcefully, I must add) to add another Mass to the Paradigm Puzzle. The moment this piece is placed in Unison to the Puzzle a new Philosophical creation is unleashed and the entire Creative process then recycles, with no time enough to even measure with any sort of conceivable symbolic system of numbers, or letters. Then the Orgasmic feeling of “awakening,” is followed by that anomalous sense of Urgency to discover more! To Create more! To feel more Orgasmic awakenings! This may also be the very rudimentary engine structure that defines our Human susceptibility to addiction, of any kind. But regardless of that, this idea that Creation is the driving force behind evolution is not only a seemingly innate characteristic of Nature itself, but is cause AND effect, the Yin AND the Yang… it is every teaching of every true Seeker of Truth.
Societal cues and basic returned responses of those cues Create what McKenna and many other thinkers, Modern and otherwise, referred to as something like a filtration system (simply: opinion; to be even clearer and deduce even further) for perceived reality as we as humans drift on the Space/Time paradigm seeking refuge through the Doors of Perception. It’s like a child’s blanket which possesses such an intense intention to smother the inconceivable potential Understanding that child will inevitably come to. The most accurate term for this concept is Culture. I don’t have to force a young mind through a Culture 101 lecture for them to understand the concept of Culture. Culture is as innate as the Symbio-instinctual Human Genome. Culture is what lies on the other side of the Doors of Perception. The emergence of a seemingly natural conflict that is simultaneously agreed upon; as the Truth. Culture is the impermanent immortality of Human Intellectualism and Evolutionary Progression. Even the most radical idea in the most radical realm of radical thinking has a newly Created model of Culture. On a very basic level, Culture IS the Universe. The Universe is the substance in which we mold our Culture and our Culture is the substance in which our Universe takes root, to ultimately sprout under the glistening glory of the singular Light. I write with cryptic and pseudo-intellectual language; because I know, based on this understanding of the Creation of Culture and therefore the Creation of the Universe that my choice of words (subconscious, or not) Creates its own Culture. Perhaps the infinitely unbound urge of dependency is what that Urge to create derives from; and therefore it’s engine and its wheels, it’s Viola and it’s Pizzicato Cello Bass line, it’s Light Source and it’s Coloring utensil… all being Created exponentially anew on the canvas of the Universally Cultured.
My attempt to expand upon this concept of the Universally Cultured depends, co depends and is paradoxically independent on/from Culture and its resulting Language-produced Arts, Music and symbolically represented and deeply deduced perceptions of Truth; or Philosophy. If anyone tells you they have no interest in Philosophy, they are innately wrong. Just as a melting pint of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream, still bound by the poison of plastic imprisonment, is correct to keep melting under the sun in which it is foolishly and irresponsibly being allowed to post-exist. Get the point? There is no such thing as a non-deducible conclusion. Naturally, an outcome must resolve to result from this post-existing melting delight, and that result is the Ice Cream equivalent ‘Lingo,‘ or “tasty” language, The Music and the Arts. The first dimension of Culture that I focus on specifically and will probably conclude with should this writing ever reach an end, is Music and the Arts, and yes the two must be together as one inseparable entity of Creation. The Creation of Universally Cultured ideas are conceived in the Philosophical Mind’s Urge to Create. Creativity existed in original arts and languages, evolved riding the tail-saddle of the Jurassic clarity of indigenous stick figured attempts at modeling the Self, and persists as a Self serving co-independently encrypted and decrypted function of the Universally Cultured. One quick aside about Culture before I forget… Culture is undoubtedly one of the most important Natures or outcomes of Human Intellectualism, and it’s vastly rapid acceleration from Catapulting Cosmic pebbles and debris aimed for Crowned Jewels to Pellet Guns and Figurine disfigurement, or maybe… reconfiguration is the Historical symbolism we can tag the process with. Or maybe a more appropriate comparison; a stick with a sharp point to a cluster of bombs with energetic potential that exceeds the possibility for the arrogantly considered inevitability of Earthly regeneration.
Music and the Arts as a rhythmic mutually inclusive entity has been at the foundation of Human development pre-intellect and most likely before the initial sapiens’s evolution. The primate body, in it’s erect form is relatively taller, less aerodynamic, more strangely configured than many animals and still perfectly equipped for rhythm. Rhythm exists in the intertwining and overly bound fabric of Time. Plastic and trite more often than not; this Time concept. The black and the white duality is forced together by the dominant energy of rhythm. The need to move in space, the pre/sub/super-human addiction to procreation, the rhythmic nature of repeating specific actions to attain desired reactions/climaxes (sexual stimulation of exceeding and increasing pleasure and it’s explosive result; continuing evolution) and the Understanding that is the rippling of the tear drop, post impact, with the messy carpeted flooring in the pitch black yet completely familiar space; that costs way too much to spend a single month living in, much less multiple years. Digression aside, again… Rhythm is the boundless uninterruptible (except with the death of presently understood truths, which conceptually would just merge into a subsequent rhythmic-fractal of an identical nature) force… Rhythm is to the Energy of Music as Gravity is to the Lunar-Oceanic effects on Earth and it‘s perfect balance with the infinite Solar defined season change. Rhythm is the energy that creates the Universally Cultured. Rhythm and resonance is like the oil and gas compounds that drive Universal machinery. Returning to the notion of the Urge in hopes to close in on this idea in a more precise manner, the Urge to create is by nature a Rhythmic energy (sexual/musical rhythm). Out of this rhythmic energy, by-passing the obvious point where man discovered his ability to recognize the rhythm as a coherent and concrete abstraction and Creation of an innately simple physical action (tapping a tree with a hand, and the resulting sound, and the resulting Rhythmic resonation or the clicking of the teeth more than once in succession). So, finally music is born. Which came first, the rhythm or the music? Did Rhythm exist before Music… or is Music only the discovery of different ways to create newly perceived Rhythms? Sounds to me like this whole Human vs. God showdown is a little too closely associated to the Chicken and the Egg war that rages defiantly across the cosmos. Sounds like there’s way more to this Creation idea than is understandable.
This question of Rhythm’s existence before Music and vice versa is one of the many paramount dual-singularities that allow this concept of the Universally Cultured to be True without True understanding. Think of Rhythm as a True form of Energy. Think of how it is perceived. Energy is visually and spatially filtered. Visual representation of images and motion through gravitational space; that is Rhythmic Energy. Rhythm is to Universal acceptance as Music is to Cultural interpretation. Kind of like Energy is to Universal acceptance as Existence is to Cultural acceptance (or some variation, it really doesn’t matter how specifically focused this can get). I’ll remove this concept of the Music and Arts from the unrelenting vice grips of Philosophical thinking for a moment and merge the prose with a specific fundamental rhythmic tool. The rhyme. You know the sayings, the rhythm and rhyme, the rhyme and reason, etc… Does basic (or in my case, ridiculous) prose become music the instant it is Created as a Rhyming piece? Or is prose a different but equally powerful means of creating Music? Here’s the fundamental break in the bond that Rhythm and Music have, and it’s so deeply rooted into the Aesthetics of the written word (more evolutionary implications arise, of course). The writings we choose to use as English speakers, or Spanish speakers, or Arabic speakers, all differ, whether different in alpha-numerical ordering or simply the rearranging of the geometric shape creating tendencies. The aesthetic of this written word is based on a vast rule system and symbolic-structure; I think more than is even considered once a child is taught to write (the desk, the lame classroom, the white paper, all those lines, and the pencil that never sharpens efficiently enough so you have to keep trying to sharpen it until it breaks in half). Writing is symbolically Created to catalyze a “Linguipathy,” or linguistic pathology through time and space/matter and spirit. Culture is the system that this Linguipathy specifically filters through. Now return to your idea of what good music is supposed to be, keeping in mind the notion of Culture as a systematic machine that “Linguisticism” (Lingo-mysticism) forms itself around in order to nurture the system’s growth. The disconnection of Rhythm and Music as inseparable entities happens only in this fragment of conceptual deducibility. Prose is to linguistic pathology as Rhyming or Poetry is to Music. The ability to conceptualize that comparison without having to document the necessity for Rhythm in the equation is the discrepancy I’m talking about in fundamental logic. The Rhythm is the Universal Order and the Music is the Cultural Acceptance and Reciprocation of questioning one entity only, the only thing that drives music into infinite existence, Rhythm. Rewind now, go back a bit… Can Culture truly exist Universally without a concept of Universality? No. Can rhythm exist without Music? Yes. Can both Rhythm and Music exist as a Universal law and order then?, just as Demagogue-Fascist Republican Hegemonic Hierarchies can exist as Cultural laws and order? This gets the mind working, believe me! To say that Rhythm is the Energy that drives Music in a Universally Cultured predisposition for aesthetic desire or interpersonal achievement kind of just… I don’t know… line-dances its way out the back door. Let me be clear, this assumption is made with the utmost confidence and humbleness. Most certainly personal achievement is often fulfilled truly before, during, and after (in retrospect, always) the Creation process and most certainly Aesthetic desire (desire is a key word here in this realm of conceptualities). To desire an aesthetic is just as simple a notion as desiring a favorite decision that never fails you (what to eat at that obscure restaurant you’ve only been to a few times, or what song to listen to driving along your childhood streets) for your money or the fulfillment of an intense craving.
Urge: Enter stage center. Psychologically and even in the realm of Psychoanalysis, perhaps more Jungian than Freudian is the comparison of the Rhythm’s innate Energy characteristic and the Un/Subconscious Mind’s (Id, Ego… etc) reliance on the possibility of a Dream state to place semi-applicable standards for describing reality. Freud’s only error in thinking based on his strangely fitting model of the Universal Order from within the Human Mind is his failure to mention (look up later to confirm) the possibility that there still is an Unknowable Driving Force or Engine that we call Universe. So in conclusion to this particular relative tangent, the difference between Music and the Arts and the Universally Cultured is seemingly tangible evidence that Music and Art is a phenomenon anomalous to Modern Humanity (post primary intellectual enlightenment) and isn’t as deeply rooted into the Universe as Culture is as a whole and as the Rhythm/Energy singularity is a likely unit. The Music and Arts seems to me to be a specific tool utilized to stimulate not only infinitely expanding Creation (symmetrical completely to that Urge to procreate) but that Creative endeavor on a specie-continuing level being the same and yet completely unique to the Creative process being an actual extension of the Nature of Man and the Universe to further evolution of the Mind, and consequently the species. I’m trying to make a practical, clear distinction between the difference of these concepts relative to their relationship to each other‘s individual concepts and dualistic-singular connections. It’s a geometric tool of novelty that allows mass to exist based on well defined representations of matter. It’s a physics construct that determines what the most logical and mathematically influenced trajectory should result in… And that result is: further Urge to create.
Back into this theory bound by rules of linguistic or prosaic conceptual dualities. Anyone able to deduce this far through my writing is probably quite clear on a somewhat general concept of a species’ evolution, specifically ours. Regardless of belief in certain creeds or doctrines, if a Priest were to think about Evolutionary processes he could probably conceive of Humanity existing hundreds of thousands of years ago. He could then presume a clear understanding of Mankind’s substantial primary encounters with Music and the Arts and more specifically the changes that sheepishly worked their way into the line of all the other necessary actions needed to be taken to survive. Music and the Arts came after the Acceptance of the Instinct, logically. Then after realizing that Instinct will ensure a family their meat and water came a short burst of terribly non-liberating free-time. These people, living in Rhythm with their instinctual drives and their slow consideration of their predisposition for intellectual thought (that Urge) in the future, allowed for one or many persons to measure that Rhythm and shape that Rhythm into something coherent enough to learn from. Rhythm then is responsible for the creation of Language, even outside of Language being a necessity for intellectual growth (which is inarguable, even incomprehensible and indefinable languages still bridge the gap between needing to communicate with others and the actual methods and practices). Any Communications student will tell you one of the first things they learn in their studies is the importance and fundamental stability created in a human being in relation to his Body, and the language it emits. Before the first coherent spoken word that had the proper symbols and systems in place to advance it as cultural, Rhythm was the language and therefore the culture manifested itself from the rhythmic desire to have a multidimensional use for the tongue. The beating of the chest and shouting from the vocal depths created shapes of Rhythmic intention. Think of what this actually means, post-deduction and pre-acceptance as fact. Rhythm is language, and by the very nature of its existence is the only language with a rule system that encompasses the Universally Cultured model of the Universe-Culture. The Rhythmic Energy that composes the Universe by nature gave permission to a subset of primates to cross the threshold into true communication, and this entire process was a completely unique Cultural Creation. Again, this implies the exclusive need for Modern Man to have Rhythm and Culture, to have Energy and Universe. Language comes first creating culture, (every single time in evolutionary logic) and Rhythm is the power source. I’m sure you’ve noticed my failure to mention Music specifically so far… perhaps you wouldn’t have had I said anything, because the synonymous nature that Rhythm and Music agree by practically disguises the necessity for Music, as it‘s understood miracle by-product of Energy and Rhythm. Here’s my contention; Music is the Deity, Tyrant, Office Manager and Night Shift Janitor. Music is a post-linguistic by-product of Rhythmical Engineering tendencies. Music attempts to define Culture and the Universe. Music defines neither truly because it attaches like a prosthetic that Nature built adaptations for, into this Cultural Universal identity of the most dominantly evolving Intellectual species in evolutionary history, not excluding the Dinosaurs. They were large enough, instinctual enough, and definitely peaceful enough with each other being the clearly dominant species. But the Present Time explains only one thing, a completely different notion. They weren’t large enough, instinctual enough or quite smart enough to sustain. Did Dinosaurs have Music? Even relative to their inconceivable notion of what Music is or isn’t, could they have had Music outside of Nature’s Rhythmic Energy? Possibly they could have, but I’m leaning on the side of not a chance in hell. The onset of language in Man sent entire populations of people into uproars of musical fury and frenzy. And after that initial Urge to create was fulfilled, Language was created and gave rise to Music. Music has become the only Universal language that everyone on this planet, even those who live with no concept of what it’s like to hear it, still understand what Music is, what it means and what it’s for.
Music is the sole operator that separates the aesthetic cultural dynamic completely from the central synapse of the Energy/Rhythm complexities. Rhythm made Music a Language and therefore has created upon itself, in its own image; a Language of Music. Sounds a lot like God creating Man in his Image and Likeness. This is where I draw the line. I feel as though Philosophical thought is a necessary singular-duality in Human intellectualism. The only Philosophical line of thinking that fits into any model of Culture and Universe is this theory of Linguisto-rhythmic shifts in force and intensity… or Music, Creating Culture, Creating Universe, and using its own medium… Music…. to question and reinterpret both ideas in completely separate conceptual realities and paradigms, therefore instinctually Creating to fulfill that Urge for the means to do a single thing; not die. Music strives to prevent its own destruction at the hands of itself. Music strives to sustain, unlike Rhythm’s natural survival encoding, but more like the fossil records after a civilization is toppled, with the first explorers venturing across the newly created wasteland discovering boxes and vaults inches under the earth, and the months and years it takes for those small groups of people to pry open that impenetrable barrier of the past’s future gift for the Present, and those people emerge from the daily grind of which could have yielded any number of mysteries, with a new addition to their Culture. The difference is, Music is never forgotten, never buried, and even if intellectual thought dissipates from the planet for another billion years… the Rhythmic Energy of the Universe will be there Coaxing the Gods of the Music and Arts into reality, to mend and to invigorate; just as the Earth’s biosphere summons it’s denizens to uproot and topple foreign structures not kept clear by their keepers.
To never be continued…