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The Phi of Five

by Helen Davey

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"The Phi of five" (for 5 voices, frame drum, shaker, lap harp and hackbrett)


I wanted to honour the scholars of the era - that this artwork refers to - and the extraordinary series of discoveries in sacred geometry, which has lead to our current understandings of this field of study.

Some of the texts you'll hear in this piece are names and theorem concerning the process of defining sacred geometry; other sections of the lyrics are taken from Hildegard of Bingen's "On the Planets and the Firmament" dating from ca. 1230 (reprinted here in the original Latin)

Ceteri quoque quinque planete sunt, et lumen de igne et de ethere habent et sunt robur ac firmamentum firmamenti. Atque has circuitiones tam altitudinis quam profunditatis in firmamento habent, ut ibi fulgeant, ubi sol non radiat et ubi splendorem suum uix ostendit ubi ipsi sunt et currunt atque circulo solis seruiunt et uelocitatem solis retinent atque ignem eius tabescere faciunt, ita ut pre ipsis tantum ardorem ignis non emittat, ut faceret, si eum non retinerent. Et sicut quinque sensus corporis hominis corpus eius continent et ornamenta eius sunt, ita etiam isti quinque planete solem continent atque decor ipsius sunt. Sed et firmamentum in uelocitate circumuoluitur, et sol cum ceteris planetis contra illud et obuiam illi paulatim currit atque uelocitatem eius retinet; quoniam si sol illud retardando non retineret uel si ipse cum ceteris planetis tanta uelocitate curreret obuiam firmamento, quanta illud circumuoluitur, omnia confunderentur, et firmemntum totum dirumperetur

Excerpted from Causae et Curae: Kaiser 9:20; Moulinier 30:26--31:6; Kaiser 14:17, Moulinier 37:15--38:23 Hildegard von Bingen
ca. 1233


The Phi of Five is a sound-painting in response to an artwork called "Pentad" by Kathleen O'Brien. More info about this cross arts project here: http://helendavey.com/blog/week-15-kathleen-obriens-pentad/


released April 4, 2014


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Helen Davey Zurich, Switzerland

Helen Davey has had a career as a musician, playwright and song-writer in poetic world/folk, jazz & experimental genres. Her passion is "sound-painting" where she creates music in response to other art forms.

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