MUSIC OF ATLANTIS
It seems clear that the musical and spiritual practices of the Atlanteans
are deeply intertwined, as shown in the
Vortex. This large-scale ecstatic dance ritual serves both to bond
the society together and as a catalyst for deep, personal transformation.
Long excerpts from the music for the Vortex are available here.
Another central Atlantean mode of transcendence is the "Sacred Collective
Utterance for the Birthing of Atlantis," or ~S.C.U.B.A.~
In this ritual of group linquistic alchemy, sacred phrases are chanted
repeatedly until they lose their meaning and dissolve into a soup of babbling
known as ~Sacred Nonsense~. When performed for a significant amount of
time, the boundaries between the individual imaginations of S.C.U.B.A.
"divers" becomes permeable. This crucible of collective creativity enables
direct contact with Atlantean voices and intelligences.
We have been able to reconstruct an example of the music used in this
ritual. If your browser has the Flash 4 plug-in, you should be hearing
a short looping sample of the music right now.
Instructions for the S.C.U.B.A. ritual are provided here.
We will not truly know what Atlantean music sounds like until we actually
meet some of Them. We have, however, been able to recover its lost essences
through a kind of distillation process. It is possible that ALL forms
of music alive today contain the essence of Atlantis within.
Research suggests Atlanteans seeds have taken root in various traditions
around the world. We have found hints of the original essence within the
--the ancient Mediterranean (most notably Minoan)
--Indonesia (primarily Balinese gamelan and monkey
--Africa and the African diaspora
--the Middle East
--the Indian Subcontinent, and
--the Southeast Asian peninsula.
--various electronic and dance music genres.
In the millenia since the disappearance of the Atlanteans, these roots
have evolved in many ways, yet the strength of the initial ideas has preserved
their essence. The trick is to separate out that essence.
By various methods, we attempt to break down the boundaries of any particular
genre. Anything that permits a listener to identify or pigeonhole the
style of music is somehow tweaked or juxtaposed with a divergent or contradictory
element. From the sea of possibility emerges the hidden Atlantean truth.
IN DAILY LIFE
addition to the sacred usages of ritual music, the Atlanteans also had
a rich folk tradition. Bands of minstrels walked the streets singing bawdy
and satirical songs, making sure no person or group of people got too
settled, rigid, or otherwise cocksure. In a secular version of the sacred
S.C.U.B.A. practice, at random moments individuals would diverge from
the world of traditional meaning with bursts of gibberish and nonsensical
utterance. This was done dozens of times a day by practically every member
of their society.