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Musica universalis or music of the spheres is a medieval philosophical concept that regards the proportions in the movements of the celestial bodies - the sun, moon and planets - as a form of musica (the medieval Latin name for music). This music was not thought of as an audible sound, but simply as a mathematical concept. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras was frequently credited with originating the concept, which stemmed from his semi-mystical, semi-mathematical philosophy and its associated system of numerology. (See pythagoreanism.)

At the time, the sun, moon and planets were thought to revolve around the earth in their proper spheres - the most thorough and imaginative description of the concept can be found in Dante's Divine Comedy. The spheres were thought to have been created by God in proportional relations that were reflected in the whole-number relations of the pure musical intervals.

The medieval concept of music comprised three different forms of musica: musica universalis, musica mundana, and musica instrumentalis. Only musica instrumentalis actually referred to sounds made by musicians (both singers and instrumentalists).

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Musica universalis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (422 words)
Musica universalis (or music of the spheres) is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies — the sun, moon, and planets — as a form of musica (the medieval Latin name for music).
Some Surat Shabda Yoga Satgurus considered the music of the spheres to be a term synonymous with the Shabda (also known as the Audible Life Stream) in that tradition, because they considered Pythagoras to be a Satguru as well.
The principle of octaves in music is that whenever a sound-wave is doubled or halved in frequency it yields another pitch similar in 'flavour' to the original one.
Music of the Spheres (episode) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (343 words)
"Music of the Spheres" is an episode of The Outer Limits.
All the teens are quarantined at a hospital, but when they are separated from the music on the tape they all began to feel severe pain and withdrawal symptoms.
In the end the rest of humanity either transforms by the transmitted sound (developing new, hardened skin) or chose to remain as they were, although any humans who did not change would have to avoid the sun at all times since the new sun's radiation would be instantly fatal to anyone who did not change.
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