Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the seventy-sixth piece in this series. This week’s is a 381-worder by YA, science-fiction, paranormal author and poet Kenna McKinnon. This story will be podcasted in episode 25 (with two other stories) on Sunday 2nd June.
Music Of The Spheres
The philosopher pulled on his ill groomed beard and bent over his quill and paper. The candle smoked on his desk. Pythagoras and, in turn, Plato had proposed what the philosopher was proposing, through centuries of oral tradition, the Music of the Spheres produced by the planets in proportion to their distance from the Earth, and heard by those dying, in exquisite harmony.
The philosopher had never heard the tones of the Cosmic Muse produced by the magic of mathematics or the stretching of interplanetary distances. He relied on the teachings of the Pythagoreans and the Roman statesman and mathematician Boethius, who believed in the harmony of all things. He believed that on the point of death, he would at last hear the rarified and exquisite tones.
Millennia later, in the 21st century, humanity was to rediscover Musica Mundana, or the Music of the Spheres, and begin again to treat dis-ease with music.
Ham radio operators in the 20th century would bounce their signals off meteorite trailers and hear “whistlers” from these trailers to determine the location.
“Researchers from the Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) team at the University of Iowa have released a new recording of an intriguing and well-known phenomenon known as “chorus,” made on Sept. 5, 2012. The Waves tri-axial search coil magnetometer and receiver of EMFISIS captured several notable peak radio wave events in the magnetosphere that surrounds the Earth. The radio waves, which are at frequencies that are audible to the human ear, are emitted by the energetic particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere.
“People have known about chorus for decades,” says EMFISIS principal investigator Craig Kletzing, of the University of Iowa. “Radio receivers are used to pick it up, and it sounds a lot like birds chirping. It was often more easily picked up in the mornings, which along with the chirping sound is why it’s sometimes referred to as ‘dawn chorus.’”
Highly Allocthonous wrote, “The Sounds of Earth’s Magnetosphere, at frequencies directly audible to humans! http://climatecrocks.com/2012/09/18/music-of-the-spheres-the-sounds-of-earths-magnetosphere/ Credit: University of Iowa.
The Earth rolled on and hummed and chirped, and the seven other planets chirped on their own lengths of harmonic sound.
The dying man heard it, and entered the Light.
The philosopher smiled in his grave as the universal concert sang.
I asked Kenna what prompted this piece and she said…
I wrote this story after my second son, 44 years old, died of esophageal/stomach cancer on September 21, 2012. He was a good man and a wonderful support to me all his life. He is dearly missed and loved. I know he is now in the Light of God and free of suffering. Rest in peace, Steve.
I’m sorry to hear about your son, Kenna. Writing is very therapeutic so I’m sure it helps. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Her website is http://www.kennamckinnon.blogspot.ca and her poetry anthology ‘Discovery’ and novels ‘SpaceHive’ and non-fiction book ‘The Insanity Machine’ are available from http://www.amazon.com/Kenna-McKinnon/e/B008M9WITM and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kenna-McKinnon/e/B008M9WITM.
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