Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Audio: Musical score "hidden" on Rosslyn Chapel arches for 600 years

The Daily Telegraph (UK, center-right newspaper) has an article on a musical score found encoded on the arches of Rosslyn Chapel (yes, the one from the Dan Brown novel, Freemasonry, et al). What convinced me that this wasn't just another Da Vinci Code styled, publicity-seeking attempt was listening to the motet it transcribed. Why would I have been skeptical? Oh, just that in addition to being found in the chapel associated with the Holy Grail, it also involved Chladni patterns, cubes, and an ex-RAF (Royal Air Force) codebreaker.

3 comments:

Keith said...

I thought I should clarify my post a bit. One of the things I was initially skeptical about was whether the symbols would sound like real music of the time period when translated to a score - it did, so I lost that skepticism. This is not to say that I believe that the whole thing could not possibly be a hoax. There just isn't enough data to decide. It should be easy to produce though. If the symbols are Chladni figures, some pictures of them should clear away any doubt there. As long as a consistent method was applied to convert them to notes, then that takes away another source of doubt. That leaves the 'decryption' bit, which will take some explaining to see if that holds true also. That isn't all that much though - a few pictures and the details of the process and that should do it.

Finally, and I am surprised that the Daily Telegraph reporter didn't do this, there is a case here for a historian to chime in with an "expert" opinion on why this may have been done in the first place. The persecution angle doesn't ring true to me for some reason.

Anyway, I wanted to qualify my previous post and extend my reasoning so as not to leave the impression that I had suspended all skepticism.

Brian said...

You might be interested in an article I wrote at www.grailseekers.blogspot.com about this subject. I think there's something fishy about the whole thing as well.

Keith said...

Dear Brian,
thanks for the link to your blog post. I particularly liked the picture of the cubes. It is easier to understand the hypothesis of them being Chladni figures.
Kind Regards,
Keith