I’m wondering about the question of the number nine as it relates to octaves—out of curiosity, especially since Platonic philosophy has been so influential in Western culture. Christianity seems to be magically dressed up neoPlatonism, after all. Unfortunately, I’ve not read Plato and I’m having no luck with googling the question.
Both Nick and Burt, our resident appreciators of pre-Jesus Platonism, have offered to explain things via private message, but I no longer use the private message system. I’m always willing to use e-mail, but unless the subject is personal, I think it would be even better to discuss things openly.
I could understand 7 or 12 relating to an octave, but not 9. Also, in today’s age of robot-digital musical instruments, we’ve begun to lose sight of great musical subtlety available only by bending tones slightly, for truly inspiring effects. That’s where the art is, it seems to me.
But I’m now probably steering off course. Can anyone assist me in understanding the significance of the number nine as it relates to octaves?