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Part one: Waves 

Richard O. Burdick's CD28 "WAVES AND PARTICLES, opus 159"

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First time ever, Richard O. Burdick presents music based on his new tuning system based on the I Ching and the 64 harmonics in the 7th octave where A = 432, which is in tune with our bodies electrical system.


Wave opus 159, is my first composition to be recorded that is music based on the  “micro-tonal” version of my I Ching scales. I am still very happy with the third version of the scales*, which are in equal temperament; however, it is obvious to me that these Waves are very important for my development and hopefully yours too!

I have been working with the I Ching as a foundation for my musical compositions since around 1980. I have been through a number of revisions of the interpretation. This current version of the I Ching scales and tonal signatures are all based on the harmonic series F=10.8 hertz. This then includes A=432, which is the tone that naturally resonates with our bodies. The scales are really based on tones of the 64 harmonics in the 7th octave. Because the fundamental tone of 10.8 Hertz reduces numerologically to a 9, ALL the tones of the set also reduce to 9!

In this CD, we hear the waves going through all 64 keys of my fourth revision of the I Ching Scales. Each scales has its own key and each key in cycle is about 20 cents higher. Hearing these  waves, I remember forgotten memories and I believe that is the process of waking up or turning on unused parts or connections in my brain.

As I recorded this (Fall 2010) I envisioned the analogy of a snail who’s whole life has been in the shell of the one theory of music. The snail looks outside the shell and see each being’s vibration in a different key and tonal signature. Love surrounds us; any concept of dissonance is and illusion since it is all so beautiful in the wholeness of God.

I believe this to be an important tool to aid in our evolution; waking the brain to new sound waves.

There are a couple of samples of the Particles half of this opus at the end of the CD. The Particles CD will be harder to listen to, but I believe will do amazing things to our consciousness.

We seldom get to hear the 64 harmonics in the 7th octave. I hope this helps in your evolution too.

Foot note
*Last night (02/02/2011) I played through the first 20 scales in my book “I Ching Scales, opus 99a” and found it to be full of inspiring ideas for music.

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Questions and correspondances:

Hi M., I am getting more and more of these sort of requests and am very happy to help. This transition is a slow difficult one, the I Ching arpeggios are basically equal tempered, BUT I am 3/4's of the way through recording the I Ching waves and particles CD set, which is fully based on the harmonics 64-128, where the 64 I Ching scales then can each have a different fundamental.
see these charts:
& (with color)

Also I am sending you a file via "yousendit" the recording of the first 8 waves. You will hear that each wave rises about 20 cents. I have all the waves recorded and mastered, but the particles are taking longer.

I am glad to help in any way



March 18, 2011

I have been asked "I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by "the tuning is based on the 64 harmonics in the seventh octave." What is the seventh octave in relation to? The fundamental? Do you mean that you use a 64-tone scale? Any elucidation is welcome!

Thank your for asking! Yes, you are correct these waves are all besed on one harmonic series (F=10.8 hertz) each octave has twice as many tones, so I am using the tones of the seventh octave, where there are 64 tones in the octave. I am working with a set of 64scales each based on a different I Ching hexagram pattern. Each scale in this microtonal has it's own tonic, you can hear the fundamatal tone of each wave going slighty sharper if you listen to it, other wise one may not notice. The rise is about 20 cents per wave.


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Best thank you ever???

"Thanks for opening my ears like this."


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