A Musical Language: Speaking through Music

Here’s a crazy idea – though it’s not exactly a whim, since I’ve had the idea floating around in my head for about eight years now. I’ve always been fascinated with the capacity music has to communicate feelings and convey messages in a way that is often more powerful and effective than written or verbal communication. What if we were to come up with a language that was spoken through music? A system that actually uses notes to communicate detailed information. It would have to be detailed enough that someone could translate the Bible into the language, and yet simple enough that it wouldn’t take years of training to get it. Not a code, exactly, but something between a code and a language.

In a sense, what I’d like to see is someone pipe a tune, and someone else understand the detailed message.

Some ideas have been explored along these lines. Probably the biggest is Solresol, invented by François Sudre in the 1800s, which is simply a language that uses words spelled with different combinations of notes in the basic piano scale. It has its own dictionary and grammar, too.

But I would like to see a language that is more than a code that uses notes for letters. Ultimately, the ending product has to be both beautiful music and a clear message. It has to be as artistic and aesthetically pleasing as it it literary.

While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and make its written form as beautiful artistically as its sound is musically. So in other words, Continue reading

An Experiment

I’ve decided to try something.  This is sort of my personal/family blog, and it has the least focus of all my blogs.  So I thought it might be cool to post the majority of the stuff I post on my other blogs and podcasts on this blog as well.  It’s kind of an experiment, so it might not last.  I’ll mostly just duplicate the stuff that is original content (meaning I wrote the words, made the video, or created the music, rather than just sharing something I found elsewhere on the Internet) when it’s from the other blogs.

If it works, this blog will get busier, but since the stuff going on in my other blogs are a big part of my life and family, they still fit the intent of this blog.

Let me know how it works for you who are reading!

Incidentally, here are my most regular blogs/podcasts:

Making Moments: My Daddy Blog (this one), and hence sometimes a humor blog as well.  If this experiment works, though, it’s going to get a little more scattered.

Overtones: My music blog/podcast.  Listen to my original music, musical thoughts, etc.  By the way, my second CD comes out in downloadable form at the end of this week!

Popcorn and Podcasting: An LDS podcast my wife and I do together.  We try to have a new post up every Saturday, but occasionally they go up late.

The Synergetic Novel: A collaborative weekly serial novel.  I should say up front that the reason the author is not posted on the site is because I hope there will eventually be many contributing authors – if the idea ever gets big enough to expand.  But so far I am the author, with the help of some of my fictional friends… and a lot of help from readers!

Flute Improvisations

Flute Improvisations

I recorded myself improvising on the flutes – the sopranino recorder and the tenor Jake-made flute. I love the program Garageband. I recorded these from the comfort of my own bedroom’s walk-in closet. Then I tell it to add echo, and I’m ready to go!