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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Music of the spheres

Musica Universalis, also called Music of the spheres, is an ancient philosophical concept suggesting the movements of celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, and planets—are forms of music, a kind of definable “hum” that affects everything in life.

Ancient philosophers concluded music didn’t just mimic the motions of celestial bodies, it was the result of their motions.

The Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, went a step further by figuring out that specific intervals between harmonious and discordant audio frequencies form simple numerical ratios. A formula could define what would be pleasant or disagreeable to the ear.

Not much has changed in the nearly 3,000 years since Pythagoras figured out the relationships that define music (it was he that also first identified that the pitch of a musical note is in inverse proportion to the length of the string that produces it).

Pythagoras believed the quality of life on Earth reflects the tenor of celestial sounds as well as those earthbound notes.

We couldn’t agree more.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Audio personality

Each of our audio and video systems has its own, unique, personality. Mine is big, open, spacious, and revealing. Others might be described as delicate, faithful, and impressive.

Adjectives aside, I wonder how much our own personalities match those of our systems? We’ve all seen the photos of dogs and owners looking alike.

I know for a fact that I tune my systems to match my tastes in music and its reproduction. As well, I suspect my tastes are shaped by my personality which, if I am observant at all, seems to be an obvious fact.

So if our systems match our personalities, how accurate is it to suggest our ultimate goals are for the honest recreation of the live musical event—as if the term “accurate” was measurable and inviolate?

Perhaps the truth is we design our systems to match reality as we perceive it, which might answer a lot of persistent questions we talk so much about in these pages.