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