The Harmonic Alphabet

A visual interpretation of Whole Number Ratios using the flower of life

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A vibrating string can be displayed as seen above.

Each vibrating string can be seen as a standing wave. 

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There exist higher frequencies for the same vibrating string. Half, Third, Quarter ... of the wave-length of the original string. Those can be experienced as overtones on a Guitar.

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Finally one can create 2 vibrations at the same time. Overlaying both patterns.

The relationship between two vibrations is what we experience as harmonics in music.


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When playing with the flower of life pattern I came to realize that a single petal shape has a high resemblance to a vibrating string. 

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Additionally each vibrational line has parallel companions.


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So one can apply the same principle of layering 2 patterns over each other in order to create a harmonic interference.

Finally I decided to fill in the lines with a black and white pattern in order to highlight the differences.

Please keep in mind that for each Black and White image there exists a negative White and Black image as well.


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2 : 1   The Octave

3 : 2   The Fifth

4 : 3   The Fourth


Finally one has to create an overview over the whole range of possible Ratios.

 
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Here is what the overview looks like utilizing the flower of life interference