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THINGS AS THEY ARE, WERE ARE TO COME
The Name of God
ANTHONY E. LARSON
CA: Chronicle Books. “ ound is an evocative and thus a creative experience. and animals. p. The Earth. the electromagnetic occilations casued by another planet coming very close to the earth in ancient times may have caused what has come to be known in some cultures as the name of God: YAHWEH. sound can be bewitching (the voices of the sirens). Perhaps the best instance of its preservation is in the sacred Hebrew name. S Velikovsky suggested that all humanity had once heard what they perceived to be a celestial voice. Many creation myths talk of sound disturbing the pre-existent stillness. YAHWEH. 1994). For reasons that will become clear by the end of this monograph. or through musical instruments. according to Dr. thereby bringing the world into being. . according to the good doctor. which spoke the name of God. good evidence that the voice was heard worldwide in antiquity. WERE � ARE TO COME The Name of God Copyright © 2000 Anthony E. Larson Like a loudspeaker turning electromagnetic occillations into sound. water. That name. either through natural agencies. Velikovsky. effectively converted those electromagnetic waves into audible sounds.” David Fontana. (San Francisco. 64. can be found in the ancient traditions of many cultures today. acting as a great transducer or speaker. The source of this voice. or destructive (the shout with which Joshua and the Israelites felled the walls of Jericho). the ineffable word was mere onomatopoeia.THINGS AS THEY ARE. Many cultures credit the gods with the power to make sounds. The Secret Language of Symbols. such as wind. was the electromagnetic oscillations produced by the interplay between Earth and a proximate body. In myth.
we begin with ‘pink noise’ — a hissing. This is the simple ‘shhhh’ sound we make with our mouths when we wish to quiet a noisy child. slid down to a very low tone. This represents the omnipresent background noise in the universe. the ‘whistle’ effect can be enhanced and refined to reproduce what must certainly be a close approximation of the sound the ancients heard. we must alter that crude ‘whistle. generated by all the electromagnetic activity around us. This ‘whistle’ holds the key to understanding the sacred name. This sound began at a very high tone. To understand the relationship. The carrier wave is normally suppressed by circuitry within the radio so that only the desirable program material — music or voice — was reproduced. then slid back up to the high tone. the receiver was reproducing a long wavelength carrier frequency on which the program audio was superimposed or modulated. The technology to suppress the carrier signal was crude in early receivers. rumbling noise that contains all audible frequencies sounding at the same time. which can be manipulated — using tone or waveform generators. The sine wave causes the filter to emphasize only those parts of the pink noise that correspond to its amplitude — the ‘peak’ of the wave emphasizes only the highest frequencies.The Name of God 3 A clue to the nature and form of this ancient voice may be found in the behavior of modern radio receivers because they convert electromagnetic signals into audio — in effect. First. This produces a ‘swishing’ sound.’ Perhaps the most useful device for its reproduction is a modern analog music synthesizer. In fact. hence the ‘whistle’ was often heard when attempting to tune the set. which is driven by an extremely low frequency sine wave — a pure fundamental tone that is the equivalent of the electronic oscillations set up by intersecting planets in antiquity. We push that noise through a comb filter. envelope generators and a variety of filters — to produce “electronic” sounds of epic proportions. with extra emphasis on the lower frequencies. the ‘valley’ of the wave emphasizes only the lowest frequencies. Early radio receivers often produced an annoying ‘whistling’ sound that can only be called an electronic glissando. doing the same thing that the Earth did anciently. YAHWEH. In fact. much like that which you can make with your mouth by rapidly opening and .
Proceed from vowel to vowel — eeee. By adding several other minor tones to our sound. this was not the only sound heard anciently as the result of electromagnetic waves turned audible. At times it would have been at a very low volume — almost a whisper. It would have seemed to the listener that the pianissimo voice was whispering right in one’s ear. begin by making the ‘eeee’ sound heard in the word ‘me. all the while dropping the frequency of the tone you are singing until you are at the lowest tone possible and your mouth forms a perfect ‘o. with the ‘eeee’ sound. Such descriptions of the voice of deity are replete in ancient records. At the same time use your vocal cords to intone the highest tone possible. You have just spoken the sacred name of God. you can use your mouth and your voice to simulate an onomatopoeic expression of it. by increasing the amplitude of our fundamental sine wave — beginning with an extremely highpitched. as the ancients heard it and subsequently articulated it in countless sacred ceremonies and holy proceedings in antiquity. is more representative of the sound heard in antiquity. we arrive at an even more dynamic sound that. Of course. On other occasions it would have been a mind-numbing. YAHWEH. . aaaa. What we hear now is probably what the ancients heard. It seems likely that this sound was heard repeatedly and in various forms. rumbling frequency — we approach the dynamics of the ancient sound. It sounds like the onomatopoeic word ‘swish’ repeated over and over.’ with your jaw closed. noisy tone that gradually shifts to an extremely low. ear-splitting cacophony that would have been felt as much as heard. reverse the sequence of sounds and events until you end where you began. If you do not have access to an analog synthesizer. Using only the vowel sounds. The sound heard by the ancients was undoubtedly far more complex due to its nature as a random or chaotic electromagnetic event.The Name of God 4 closing your lips while making the “shhhh” sound. As others have suggested. I believe. oooo — letting your jaw open gradually as you purse your lips. The ‘swish’ now moves at a snail’s pace and it varies from extremely high to extremely low frequencies. without stopping.’ Then. seemingly penetrating the very fiber of one’s being. Finally.
blogspot. newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www. drum-like sounds and ringing.com . as Talbott put it) the sacred sounds. they duplicate the human response to them. were literally the ‘music of the spheres’ and the ‘voice of God’. One wonders if composers. videos.The Name of God 5 trumpet-like sounds.com/ For online classes. Thus. hearken back to those audible sounds produced when the planets stood in proximity to one another. This would explain the power of some orchestral and choral compositions to affect emotional responses. bell-like sounds were heard. So. like their artistic counterparts who draw on universal symbology for their inspiration. these instruments found their way into the liturgy of all cultures in an attempt to replicate (remember. They not only replicate the sounds. do not subconsciously draw on those ancient sounds to reproduce them in modern musical expressions.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail. Indeed. too. the chants and mantras of all religions.mormonprophecy. the more power it would seem to have for its listeners. These sounds. then. including the chorale renditions of modern Christianity. For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy. This would explain why these sounds are so important to sacred rites and rituals. the more true a musical expression is to the ancient originals.
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