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John:

There's a theory, I don't know if you've heard this, that the earth does vibrate as well, the earth rings. You know the whole idea of music of spheres is not just some flight of poetic fancy but has some physical ...

Sheila:

Physical reality.

John:

Yeah! Real basis.

Sheila:

Yeah, I could well believe that.

John:

Nice idea. Umm, "ABoneCroneDrone VI" - the last of the six. What surprises are lurking in here.

Sheila:

Well, you mentioned Lamont with the waves, this has the sound of waves. The dual sets of waves which crash at various times and tanpura which is perhaps the most hypnotic of the drones. Tanpura is a plucked string instrument, where one attempts to pluck the strings in a way that causes the least impact so that they simply ring. The strings ring and we use the first and fifth cycles that one usually associates with that. I think it's the track on the album that sort of plays you out into the real world because it's very very calming and soothing, and again my voice is just there to point to the notes in the tanpura and hopefully, you know, as I was saying, you go off into the world retaining that sense of subtlety in sound. I think it is a great shame that our retention spans are being eaten away at and, you know, we have all these fast choppy cuts and edits and music videos and in a way they're taking away from our ability to enjoy the music because, if your attention span is not capable of sustaining anything then you cannot really appreciate music. And it seems to me that the attention span is important to us, not just so that we can appreciate music but also so that we can broaden that number of - broaden our horizons in imaginative terms. We can only be what we imagine, and we need our own attention spans to think big thoughts, to reinvent ourselves, to not be limited by what is being reflected at us and, so music like this has its place, you know, in the sense of exercising your mental muscles as well as your ears. And enabling you to go out into the world, maybe more alert on a mental level.

John:

The idea, as you said before, you know, it's - there are harmonics in everything and something like this might give you the opportunity, if you haven't started hearing them, to really begin to do that.

Sheila:

Yeah, and if it takes you to that point where you feel as though you're connecting with something special then, perhaps that connection with something special can happen in other areas. Not just through music, because I believe everybody has their area of expertise, where they connect to something special. You know, if you're a baseball player, it's probably when you get into a meditative state when you strike a home run.

John:

 

Well, they talk about getting into to a zone, football players.