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The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness

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Scientists have only recently learned that the particles of an oxygen atom vibrate in a major key and that blades of grass ‘sing.” Europe’s foremost jazz producer takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, exploring the musical traditions of diverse cultures and reaffirming what the ancients have always known--the world is ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Destiny Books (first published 1983)
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Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first six chapters are very fun, a capricious romp through "Music and the Landscape of Consciousness." But, oh, dear god, what happened to the editor?? After chapter six, the book goes off the rails with ridiculous accusations about the domination of the visual sense over the hearing sense being the root of all that is wrong with the world today. It is quite a contortionist stretch to get from the lack of harmony in the body causing cancer to the "cancerlike spread of cities and suburbs". (C ...more
Pradeep Ullal
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
amazing as expected
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
A mind blowing compendium of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Quantuum Mechanics,Maths, the physics of Sound and omnipresent Harmonic proportions.
Written by a musician practicing Buddhism, this book offers an experience as well as a powerful platform to revise our perception of Time and Space and Harmony.
The end is a lecture in details about the fusion of Jazz and Music from India and the spiritual aspects of that phenomena.

One of my favorites. It's a book I'm going to read over and over to get the most out of, but I can say this is one of them that allowed me to think about the world through sound, proportion, and unity as opposed to the conventional fragmented way we currently approach it.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The interesting fact about this book is that it is also available as the first of three 13 hour radio program / CD's with numerous, beautiful sound examples. All are available at as CD's (German only). Amazing musical examples, Berendt is narrating himself though and his voice is a little unpleasant.
Jürgen De blonde
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just excellent. Amazing insights into the nature of music, the nature of nature and the cosmos. Extensive thoughts on how everything is vibration thus sound and how that interacts with our being and thus consciousness. How all this leads to communcition and links to improvisation.

Great thoughts. Interesting names. Quite unique.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is exceptionally well written and contains enough inspiration for a lifetime! I need to read it again!

After I finished this, I wanted more, so I read more, but no other book on the esoteric perspective of music really satisfied me like this did.

Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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It was a difficult read for me. I am very much interested in mantras and sacred sounds from shintoism meditation practices and I was hoping that this book would have shed some light in some areas that I had questions. It didn't !!!! Never the less it was a good read.
A wonderful exploration, difficult to classify, but well worth the time. Enlightening and inspiring.
Reading this very closely for a long time; not done yet as it needs digesting. Phenomenally good so far....
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Amazing, opened my eyes and ears to myriad of possibilities.It has taken me on a journey of discovery that continues. Thank goodness for Inter-Library loans who made it possible to borrow a copy.
Robin Boudreaux
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
great book, sweeping in scope, truly a world music perspective without the marketing hype and assumptions...
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