Saturday, January 07, 2017

Music and the First Law of Thermodynamics



Now an interesting parallel exists between Einstein's mathematics and Coltrane's music. For music is mathematical and so is physics. The law of the one interrelate with the axioms of th eother. And Coltrane was into metaphysics as much as music.
Think of Trane this way:
An electromagnetic field pulls in particles that are attracted to its positive charges as Coltrane drew people who were attracted to his music. A gravitational field brings a body or bodies into its orbit that falls into its sphere of influence, as Trane did to people who were similarly inclined. And there are the constantly changing structural values of his music as the notes are emitted from his horn; the effect is like that of light waves pouring out in convoluted streams of pure energy, the matter of the man radiating them like a nuclear reactor. Time, too, is broken up by Trane, stretched and contracted; especially when he is taking a super-long solo. How many people were cognizant of the length of time it took the saxophonist to thoroughly explore each composition, each improvisation? The fact is that the passage of time during the period that people listened to his music was fluid, plastic, and often caught them unawares; some might glance at their watches and say, "Is it really that late?".
John Coltrane was, in his own way, a walking, playing, living example of Einstein's theories in action, a spiritual and spatial force, closely following the principle of the First Law of Thermodynamics: heat can be turned into mechanical energy, and the converse, with a perfectly constant rate of exchange.
In short, energy can never be destroyed, only changed.
And John Coltrane went through his own kind of changes, day after day.
That codicil to my recent musings on music and quantum entanglement comes from Chasin' the Trane by J.C. Thomas.

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