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Topic: Transcendence

From: patrick
Date: 08/11/2006

Lately I've been having some serious{-}music discussions with someone and it came back to me the part in Songs of Earth and Power, the reference to Scriabin. (For those of you who aren't familiar, Alexander Scriabin was the first musical 'mystic', and knew it; he wanted to save the world with his music.)

In any case, being of similar ilk as he, it comes back to amaze that you, and so singularly in my reading experience, were aware of him.

Re: Transcendence

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/14/2006

Scriabin is kind of neglected nowadays, isn't he? But his belief that music could bring on a transcendent state fit in well with the theme of the book--and I've always enjoyed listening to him.

Re: Transcendence

From: Brian S
Location: Houston
Date: 09/28/2006

Although I have had several ecstatic experiences with music, I tend to be a bit skeptical whenever someone speaks of transcendence; what does it mean, really! Some experience other than the normal?

I had a Jimmy Hendrix double album on which he stated that he believes that music had healing qualities to it. Interesting point of view given his musical style, and how he ended his life.

Mr. Bear, I've really enjoyed the Eon series as well as Darwin's Radio/Children. I look forward to reading others of your work.

Re: Transcendence

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/28/2006

Thanks, Brian! I've experienced terrific moments with music as well--and that's what made the epiphanic experience so extraordinary. It began while I was sitting in an airplane, and continued for well over a month, off and on--music or no music. It was its own thing, and it was extremely powerful, beyond my conscious control, and very different from the aesthetic high produced by art or music. Causes? Other than the obvious and often-chosen suggestion that it's God, I haven't a clue.

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