Orient Occident | Musica Musicalia: Tales of the One and the One Thousand Nights
Hosseini Kamal, Arvin
Musica Musicalia is a journey in studying the various potential uses of music in human society through different ages. This series represents a solitary reflection of a philosopher, during one thousand and one nights of solitude, through a cycle of illustrations and narratives of musical tales. Inspired by the Tales of the One thousand and One nights, this interlude opens the chapter to the Tales of the One and the One thousand nights; representing the old Tales of 1001 nights and what has happened ever since, now that almost one thousand years have passed. The first Tales of 1001 nights was itself a collection of folkloric tales and rituals across the different ethnicities living across Iran (Persiana). This was done to keep these ethnic groups unified as one nation, surrounding a mutual spiritual/mythical/cultural/natural point and belief. The same idea was carried out almost in parallel across India and adopted by the Arabic countries. Therefore while all of the three versions introduce the life of Shahrzad the storyteller as the main narrative, however, these three editions include mostly the tales specific to their own geographical region. While all three influence each other and share similar stories. Here, in Musica Musicalia, the same idea is adopted on a global scale. The Tales of the One and One Thousand nights is an ongoing collection of musical heritages, folkloric tales, and rituals of different ethnicities living across the globe as a seed for inspiration. Therefore making Musica Musicalia a journey in finding the voice of a mutual harmony amongst different cultural societies. Through an organic approach, this series evolves, imitating the evolutionary procedure governing the laws of nature. Taking the idea of 1001 as a binary fractal; Where the main story gives life to 1001 other stories, each of which ornaments tinier cells and so on. 1001 itself can have many meanings; Orient-Occident, Musica Musicalia, two trees standing beside each other, 11 separated by eternity or two lovers separated by their eyes. This is why these series is being composed in two parallel sections; Musica and Musicalia. Musica representing the 1 and Musicalia the other 1; in order to reach Musica, there needs to be a journey through the 1001 nights for a Sufi/Shaman to reach the light. Musicalia is the Tales of the One and One thousand nights, inspired by a growing forest, it is a growing living organism interacting on a day to day basis with the life on our planet. While Musica, is a piece for 9 Orchestras of various sizes, forms, and instrumentations, modeling the solar system. In this piece, each orchestra is designated to each of the planets and one for the Sun. These two separate entities are growing together since Summer 2015 in parallel, influencing each other. While it is planned to have it complete by 33 years' time. This Ph.D. includes the first cycles of tales as an introduction to this series and it will be an ongoing project to accomplish hopefully in 2048. 2048 equals 1 [1 1 00 1 1 1 1 (2 2) ( 1 1 )] By collecting and celebrating the musical heritage of all mankind together as one whole family of beings, this series praises each of which in unity, through the ornamentations of a "Multi-Verse Polyphony". Making the outcome of this research representation of a new music theory, with a perspective from a different angle towards the musical practice amongst mankind and other beings. Hoping it will be a mutual cultural ground amongst cultures, bringing them together in peace, by appreciating one another's existence and influence. Believing that without even a 1, there will never be a 1001.
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