It is also one of the most needlessly confusing books ever written. I was immediately taken by it and have worked with it ever since, sometimes more than at other times, but continuously for over 40 years now. I have some hard-earned insights into what seemed to be a complex subject when I began. This series of articles is about those insights and about what the LCCTO is and what it is not, and about how I have utilized it to help me to create the music I wanted to create. As with any map, it is most useful when you know where you want to go. I also believe that George Russell himself is somewhat responsible for the fact that so many people have the sense that the LCCTO is a system, because Russell presents his Concept in that way, in my opinion.
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Has the Lydian Chromatic Concept been taught at any established educational institutions? It has existed in a state of continual evolution since the early s. What is the aim of the Lydian Chromatic Concept? The principal aim of The Concept is to grasp the behavior of all musical activity i.
Its purpose is to provide a road map of the musical universe that tells you where all the roads are, but does not tell you which roads to take. What is the primary difference between the Lydian Chromatic Concept and all other theories of music?
Unlike any other theory of music, Mr. By seeking what music ITSELF is telling us about its own elemental structure, The Concept supplies the necessary means to conceive that a gravitation field of tones exists as a self-organized order of unity. The Concept does not disprove the discoveries and contributions of other musical theories, but rather explains where their truths rest in the context of tonal gravity.
What is Tonal Gravity? Tonal gravity is the heart of the Lydian Chromatic Concept. Simply put, the basic building block of tonal gravity is the interval of the perfect fifth.
There are 3 states of tonal gravity: Vertical, Horizontal, and Supra-Vertical. Why is the Lydian Scale of paramount importance in this Concept?
The Lydian Scale was not chosen as the primary scale for this system of music theory because it sounds nice or has some subjective or historical significance.
Since the interval of a fifth is the building block of tonal gravity, a seven-tone scale created by successive fifths establishes the most vertically unified harmonic order whereby the gravity falls down each fifth back to the singular Lydian tonic. When seven ascending consecutive fifths i. What is the fundamental difference between the Lydian and Major Scale?
The Major Scale is known as a diatonic meaning: two tonic scale. Therefore, the essential difference between these two scales is that the Lydian a single tonic scale is in a state of unity with itself, and the Major Scale, with its two tonics, is in a state of resolving. What is a Lydian Chromatic Scale?
The Lydian Chromatic Scale is the most complete expression of the total self-organized tonal gravity field with which all tones relate on the basis of their close to distant magnetism to a Lydian tonic. Are there any historical and acoustical foundations underlying the Concept?
The recently published edition of the Concept goes into great depth and discussion concerning the historical and acoustical foundations underlying the Concept.
These ideas are critical to understanding the significance of this theory, and are too involved and elaborate to post on this website. It should be noted that the current book presents these specific subjects far more extensively than in previous editions.
Who can most benefit by studying the Lydian Chromatic Concept? One of the beauties of The Concept is that it is designed for musicians and non-musicians alike.
Its contribution is relevant in all stylistic genres of music and from all time periods. It even extends beyond Western music to some ancient forms of non-Western music.
Most students of The Concept tend to be composers, improvisers, and people interested in the analysis of already existing musical compositions. Many people outside of music are drawn to The Concept due to its objective view of tonal gravity.
Does a student of the Concept have to abandon their already existing knowledge of Western music theory? Students of this work are able to adapt their own musical perspectives to the ideas presented by the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. For example, analysis of compositions by J. Bach and Maurice Ravel are included in the current volume to reinforce the all-inclusive nature of tonal gravity.
Is the current revised edition dramatically different from the previous editions? The more robust, comprehensive and detailed current volume adds never before published depth and dimension through exhaustive examples of analysis, scales, background information and test examples for the student. Volume Two, the completion of the entire work, is currently in development. What are the extra-musical considerations of the Lydian Chromatic Concept?
Are there any connections drawn in The Concept between music and psychology? No art form or theory is complete without some basis in psychology and spirituality. Artists most often describe the process of creativity in transparent and intangible terms. Most - if not all - music theoretical systems have chosen to ignore the inclusion of this key internal element. While Mr. He has given seminars in this work around the world and has personally guided countless private students.
The previously released versions of the book have been used to teach the LCCOTO at colleges and universities around the world over the last 40 years. There are currently a small number of instructors in the United States, Europe and Japan who are formally certified by George Russell to teach the Concept. To find out more about George Russell, click on this link to www. These past 6 months have been both enlightening and enriching. As a full time professional musician and music educator,there were deep things in music that I had grasped aurally but could not explain.
These things are now crystal clear. Through the Concept the law of gravity is apparent. I was pulled towards the Concept, and through patience and research ended up discovering Andy. I would like to thank Maestro Russell, whose genius and perseverance created this tonal wonderland.
The Concept is heard in music all around us. The information in the latest edition is truly priceless! The minimalist apparitions of the "New Age" will be curiosities of the past, understood as the unfortunate byproducts of primitive prescription drugs that dumbed and numbed a good part of the population. The other music will be explained as the unfortunate byproducts of primitive non-prescription drugs that dumbed and numbed everyone else.
The hallmarks of the Russell era--or the Lydian Age, as it will no doubt be known--will be a return to musical depth and breadth, when contrapuntal thinking, lyrical adventurousness, rhythmic brilliance, and emotional richness will be part of our daily soundscape. Be there! Scott-Martin Kosofsky.
The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization
Has the Lydian Chromatic Concept been taught at any established educational institutions? It has existed in a state of continual evolution since the early s. What is the aim of the Lydian Chromatic Concept? The principal aim of The Concept is to grasp the behavior of all musical activity i. Its purpose is to provide a road map of the musical universe that tells you where all the roads are, but does not tell you which roads to take. What is the primary difference between the Lydian Chromatic Concept and all other theories of music?
Lydian Chromatic Concept:
The word "Lydian" is here derived from one of the classical Greek scale modes. Having finished this work, Russell is completing another volume on related elements which he has been simultaneously developing over the last several decades. The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization was expanded several times over the years, and has grown greatly since its first appearance in It is with pride and pleasure that we present this fourth and final edition. Click here to visit www. If you could sit down and write stuff like that out He wrote stuff like that and it was incredible.