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gfish ([personal profile] gfish) wrote2017-05-16 10:16 am

Harmony of the World

I've been reading Kepler, which has lead me to explore his wacky-but-beautiful geometric and resonance models of the solar system. Not being particularly musical myself, I started looking for samples of other people's interpretations of his "Harmony of the World", which is given in explicit musical terms in the book.

So... interesting, as a form of infovis, if you ignore all the wild handwaving Kepler had to do to make it work in the first place. (It's only valid as seen from the sun, for instance, and specifically just related to the speed of each planet at its apses. And even then, the numbers didn't actually work out very well.) But as I kept listening, I realized it sounded familiar.

It's the into to Depeche Mode's album Sounds of the Universe! (Link likely to fail in the future.) Kind of, anyway. I might be imagining it. The title of the album sure does imply a possible link, though. And the song it leads into, In Chains, could possibly be read as talking about universal gravitation.

The way you move
Has got me yearning
The way you move
Has left me burning
I know you know what you're doing to me
I know my hands will never be free
I know what it's like to be
In chains

The way you move
Is meant to haunt me
The way you move
To tempt and taunt me
I know you knew on the day you were born
I know somehow I should've been warned
I know I walk every midnight to dawn
In Chains

But I can't find any references anywhere to this being an acknowledged link. So I think I've fallen into a very weird little conspiracy theory. Oh well!
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[personal profile] randomdreams 2017-05-17 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
Or somewhere out there Dave Gahan is wistfully searching Google night after night to see if anyone caught the Kepler reference.
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[personal profile] corvi 2017-05-17 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
This is the best conspiracy theory I have ever heard.