Meditations on the Angels - The Seven Chakra
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Meditations on the Angels - The Seven Chakra has been described by listeners as original, powerful, beautiful and unique. Composed and performed by Richard Irwin, it is an album of seven contemplative pieces suitable for individual meditation, but which have also been used during services as a background for poems and prayers.
The album was inspired by the concept of western concept of angel voices, combined with eastern ideas about the benefits meditation for health and balance. Each of the seven movements is designed to help focus the mind on one of the Chakra. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions the Chakra are the focus of spiritual power, or life force. Meditating to balance these centres is believed to have positive mental and physical benefits. Earlier meditation compositions by Richard have been praised for their use in therapy.
For individual listeners, the music is designed to be part of the meditation process and the listener will benefit from finding a quiet time to listen, either sitting or lying down with eyes closed and using focussed breathing techniques.
In The Seven Chakra Richard has attempted to move the genre of meditation music to a new dimension with original, haunting and ethereal beauty inspired by the angels. Each Chakra meditation is written in a different ancient modal scale that is related to vibrational base of the Chakra, and can be heard underlying the theme of the composition. Some people refer to the frequencies as the Solfeggio Scale. The ancient modal scales were defined by the Greek Philosopher and student of Aristotle, Aristoxenus of Tarentum in his Elements of Harmony dating from the 4th Century BCE. However, it is believed they were used in ancient music long before this. Whilst still used in some folk music, generally, modal music had fallen out of fashion in Europe by the 18th and 19th centuries when our more familiar Major and Minor scales came to dominate.
Writing modal music imposes a particular discipline on composers, denying them the use of many more familiar harmonic progressions available in modern western music as it excludes the use of sharps and flats! This can give the music a haunting and alien quality. Modal music was used in early Christian Church music, but the final mode, Locrian, here used for the Sahasrara, or Crown Chakra, was banned by Church authorities! The Locrian mode has neither a major nor minor triad, the fifth note being diminished, thus it creates discord. Used here the key is restless and has no natural resolution, leaving open the possibility of still higher things.
- Root Chakra 'Muladhara' - Ionian Mode (5:09)
- Sacral Chakra 'Swadhisthana' - Dorian Mode (2.53)
- Solar Plexus Chakra 'Manipura' - Phrygian Mode (6.07)
- Heart Chakra 'Anahata' - Lydian Mode (5.49)
- Throat Chakra 'Vishuddha' - Mixolydian Mode (5.28)
- Third Eye Chakra 'Ajna' - Aeolian Mode (10.51)
- Crown Chakra 'Sahasrara' - Locrian Mode (7:30)
Total Length 43:46
A video is available on Vimeo, but please be aware that the quality of the music track is lower than that of the downloads.
- Style: Meditation
- Composer: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
- Music Copyright © 2014 Richard M S Irwin, All Rights Reserved.
- Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin, All Rights Reserved.