Ravelled Music


Ravel means its own opposite: to weave together or entangle, and also to take apart, disentangle, fray. Our bodies, our spirits, our beliefs, our communities, are constantly doing both.

Making music. Creating images (music for the eye). Writing (music for the mind). Forming community (music for the soul). These are the things I love to do. Each is a way to weave together separate or similar strands. Listening, looking, reading, sharing, all these mean enjoying the whole fabric or taking apart the strands to study each, and the whole, more closely.

This site is a place to engage in that process, to share and explore. To hear my music and read more about me, visit Music for You. Learn about Terrarium, a new platform for the intersection of community, learning, and art.

Everything flows from something else. The ‘RM’ icon at the top of this page comes from this geometric pattern from the Islamic tradition, a decorative door in Cairo. You can see the ‘RM’ just above the center. Scroll down for more.

This incredible design is a dance of many angles arising from the tension and engagement between the octagon at center and the pentagons around it: the meeting of four and five. In music, the major third is a ratio of two tones, one vibrating four times for every five times the other vibrates. Looking at this image feels like listening to a major third.

Each line in the image at the top of this page matches the angle of one of the lines in the Islamic design:

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