Harmonics-Symposium 2018

Logo zu den Harmonik-Symopsien in Nürnberg

Harmonics-Symposium 2018
April 21 + 22, 2018

in the University for Music Nuremberg


There is much talk today about the need to develop a new consciousness. For example, a better environmental awareness, or an awareness of more resource conservation. It is always about the insight into another action. That is certainly necessary and useful for our survival on this planet. But in the end this always amounts to following recommedations.

However, it will not change the general crisis that has long since reached all of our spheres of life: politics, economics and culture. The causes lie deep in our fundamental relationship to the world and to life. However, this relationship is shaped by the understanding of this world and life in this world.

However, this understanding is based on a living interaction between our knowledge of the world and our experience of life in this world.

Our knowledge of the world today is determined by the statements and representations of the sciences exploring this world. The natural sciences play a dominant role today. Today, they show us dimensions that transcend our imagination. And they explain the processes in this world in an abstract language that our thinking power no longer attains.

The consequence of this is that this description of the world no longer reaches us where we, ie. each one of us must make our decisions about our behavior and our actions. This means that there is no longer any consciousness with which we can live in harmony with the world. And therefore not with the nature out of which we were born.

This problem is well aware of many responsible thinkers. And not only since today. Already before approx..100 years, Albert Schweitzer called for a "reverence for life". And cultural researchers like Jean Gebser have long been pushing for the development of a new "integral", ie holistic consciousness. The depth psychologist Erich Neumann also aims in the same direction with his demand for a holistic ethics. But all the admonishers cannot tell us how to arrive at this wholeness.

It is our belief that harmonics, as we understand it, offers a way in which the objective apprehension of the world around us and the subjective appraisal within each of us can be found.

The Presentations

1st. Main Topic: What is Consciousness?


Thilo Hinterberger Vortrag Klang und Transzendenz 2018

Klang und Transzendenz
- eine bewusstseinswissenschaftliche, physikalische  und psychologische Betrachtung
Prof. Thilo Hinterberger

The lecture begins with a representation of the hierarchy of levels of consciousness and their evolution in life. Then comes the key statement for the self-understanding of harmony: "The brain is an inward open system". In the brain-physiological view, the consciousness arises in the brain stem. The hearing develops in the brain between the cochlea and various intermediate stages ultimately in the auditory cortex. Vision opens up the world of things, generates causality and analytic thinking. "Light shows what's already there Listening "reveals the inside", emotional perception. "The sound creates something new".

Unfortunately, there is no written version of the lecture available.

Rüdiger Zeller Vortrag Der unsichtbare Ursprung nach Jean Gebser 2018

The Invisible Origin after Jean Gebser
Dr. R. Zeller

The lecture first informs about the most important life data of Jean Gebser. Characteristic of the thinking of Jean Gebser are his ideas of origin and of time. Traditional thinking seeks the origin at the beginning of time. For Gebser, the origin is not a temporal phenomenon, but always effective in the present. This corresponds to the understanding required today of an everlasting creation. Hence the idea of ​​a freedom of time as an everlasting interplay of origin and present. Or expressed differently with a quote from Gebser: "The future is not something that comes to us; The future is what we have, already today; and that which comes to us is always present."

The slides of the PowerPoint presentation for this talk can be downloaded HERE

Carl Michael Hofbauer Vortrag Über die Schönheit 2018

About Beauty
Prof. Carl M. Hofbauer

For this talk, a manuscript is promised

2nd Main Topic: Harmonics - Music - Art

Johannes Kotschy Vortrag Musikalische Wahrnehmung und Bewusstsein 2018

Musical perception and consciousness
J. Kotchy

The lecture first deals in detail with the physiology of the brain in general. Then it is shown how diverse the paths in the brain are, until the impact of the sound waves on the ear finally results in a differentiated hearing. Here, a so-called "inner auditory constant” plays a key role. It also plays at least in the mammals the same essential for understanding hearing role. The lecture reveals a wealth of relationships based on numerical relationships, which play a central role in the self-understanding of harmony.

A complete manuscript of this talk can be downloaded HERE as pdf-file (in German).


Uta Hügerich Vortrag Die Bedeutung der Intervalle 2018

The Meaning of the Intervals
U. Hügerich

Starting from the first 7 overtones resulting from integer division of a string, the corresponding intervals are interpreted on the basis of popular music examples. It is important to note that the numbers 1 - 7 per se have no musical meaning. Only through the relationship between the numbers arise musical intervals. These relationships are represented mathematically by rational fractions. In the simple case, the fractions 1/1 to 1/7 denote the relations of the integers to the fundamental. intervals.octave - fifth - upper octave – major third - upper fifth - seventh.

The lecture can be downloaded HERE (in German).

Angelika Kandler Seegy Vortrag Harmonik – Kunst – Bewusstsein 2018

Harmonics - Art – Consciousness
A. Kandler Seegy



3rd Main Topic: Aspects of the Future of Harmonics

Hartmut Warm Vortrag Harmonik und Urbild in den Sternfiguren 2018

Harmonics and archetype in the star figures - A systematic investigation
H. Warm

Hartmut Warm, author of the signature of the Spheres, introduces his new systematic investigations on the geometric star figures (pentagram, hexagram, etc.). In these figures, there is both an amazing relationship with the structure of the music (for example, overtone and octave structure) and the harmonic order in our planetary system. Another confirmation of the ancient idea of ​​the spheric harmony of Pythagoras and the world harmony of Johannes Kepler (1619), which are based on geometric archetypes (archetypes).

HERE you can view and listen to a PowerPoint presentation with a recorded sound of the lecture. Duration just under 1 hour.

Willibald Limbrunner Vortrag Gedanken zum Lambdoma 2018

Reflections to the Lambdoma
W. Limbrunner

The lecture gives an overview of the author's recent work on his understanding of harmoncs and its application to the harmonic interpretation of natural phenomena. After that, the overtones produced by integer division of a string "do not occur in nature". But very well derived from this are simple numerical ratios in the interpretation of phenomena in the macrocosm and in the microcosm. As an example of the macrocosm, i.a. Laplace resonances of orbital periods of three or more celestial bodies are shown. For special cases of three-dimensional sound sources, harmonic characteristics can be found in the calculation of bending waves. Finally, graphical evaluations of the Schrödinger equation of the hydrogen atom lead to simple harmonic numerical relationships.
Slides from this presentation can be downloaded HERE as pdf-file. 

Walter Herrman Vortrag Das Lambdoma im Buch Jezirah 2018

The Lambdoma in the book 'Jezirah'
Dr. W. Herrmann

In this presentation, it is essentially to language affinities of harmonically interesting terms in different cultures. Unfortunately, a lecture manuscript is not available.

With harmonics to a quantum consciousness.
Reinhard M. Fuchs

The talk is about three areas:

Harmonics in the universe,
Harmons in life,
Harmonic in consciousness.

Slides from the presentation can be downloaded HERE.