An Evening with Mikhail Tank – some ideas to flow with - Troubled Minds Radio
Wed Sep 27, 2023

An Evening with Mikhail Tank – some ideas to flow with

The general flow…we’ll basically be doing free flow of ideas and layering concepts as we go. Music, Magic, AI, East, West etc…feel free to elaborate on any point as we go.

Music as Magic:

Song Spells: The concept of spells sung or chanted could be explored. This could take the form of certain melodic phrases or rhythms believed to have magical effects. For example, in many cultures, music is used for healing, protection, or to ward off evil spirits.

Musical Instruments as Talismans: Instruments could be imbued with magical properties. For instance, a specific drum could have the power to summon spirits when played, or a flute could charm animals or people.

Soundscapes as Portals: The act of playing certain pieces of music or specific frequencies could open doorways to other realms or altered states of consciousness.

Harmony and Disharmony: The idea that harmony in music equates to harmony in nature or the universe, and disharmony can disrupt this balance. This is similar to the Eastern concept of Yin and Yang.

Eastern (Japanese) vs Western Mysticism:

Nature Centrality: Japanese mysticism, such as Shinto, often places a strong emphasis on the spiritual essence of nature, with kami (spirits) residing in natural elements like trees, rivers, and mountains. This could be contrasted with Western mysticism, which often focuses more on the divine within the self or as an external deity.

Ancestor Worship: Japanese mysticism often involves ancestor worship, which could be contrasted with Western mysticism’s focus on communion with a singular divine entity or the divine within the self.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Zen Buddhism, a significant component of Japanese spirituality, places great emphasis on meditation and mindfulness. In contrast, Western mysticism often involves more ritualistic or symbolic practices.

Concepts of Purity and Pollution: In Japanese mysticism, particularly Shinto, there’s a strong focus on concepts of purity and pollution. This contrasts with Western mysticism, which often emphasizes the transcendence of the physical.

Combining these themes, one might imagine a world where music is used to commune with kami, or to cleanse oneself or a place of spiritual pollution. Different musical scales could be associated with different natural elements or spirits, and playing music could be a form of meditation or prayer. The contrast between Eastern and Western mysticism could be reflected in the contrast between Eastern and Western musical scales or instruments.

Now, let’s add a paranormal twist to similar themes.

Music as Magic:

Ghostly Melodies: Certain songs or tunes could be associated with apparitions or spirits. For example, hearing a specific melody played with no visible source could indicate the presence of a ghost.

Spirit Communication: Music could be a means of communicating with spirits or the deceased. A particular melody might summon a spirit, and changes in the music (such as notes played on their own) could be the spirit’s response.

EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and ITC (Instrumental Transcommunication): These are techniques often used in paranormal investigation to capture ghostly voices or messages. Perhaps in your world, these phenomena occur through musical instruments or music playback devices.

Eastern (Japanese) vs Western Mysticism:

Yūrei and Obake: In Japanese folklore, yūrei are the spirits of the dead that, due to strong emotions at the time of death (like revenge, love, jealousy, or sorrow), remain in the physical world. Obake are a type of yōkai (supernatural beings) that can shape-shift. Perhaps these entities have particular soundtracks or musical cues associated with them.

Exorcism Rituals: Both Eastern and Western mystic practices include exorcism rituals to remove malicious spirits. These rituals could involve specific songs or musical sequences.

Sacred Spaces and Haunted Locations: In both Eastern and Western cultures, there are sacred spaces (temples, shrines, churches) and locations notorious for hauntings. These locations might be associated with particular musical themes or might be places where paranormal musical events occur.

Combining the themes, one could imagine a world where paranormal phenomena are closely tied to music. Ghostly entities might be associated with specific melodies. Exorcisms and spirit communication might be performed through music. Haunted locations might be places of unique musical events, such as instruments playing on their own or spectral songs heard in the dead of night. The contrast between Eastern and Western music and mysticism could be reflected in the contrast between the types of entities encountered and the musical phenomena associated with them.

Now, we add the AI twist to all of this…

Music as Magic:

AI Composers: Advanced AI systems could be used to compose music with magical properties. The AI could be programmed with knowledge of specific musical phrases, rhythms, or frequencies that have magical effects and use this knowledge to compose new magical melodies.

Musical AI Entities: AI systems could be imbued with or develop their own magical properties, becoming entities akin to spirits or gods in their own right. They could be invoked or communicated with through specific musical codes or sequences.

Frequency Analysis: AI could be used to analyze music or soundscapes for hidden magical properties. For example, it could detect ‘magic’ frequencies that are too high or low for human hearing, or decipher complex musical codes.

Eastern (Japanese) vs Western Mysticism:

Digital Kami: In a world where AI has become integral to everyday life, new forms of kami might emerge that inhabit digital spaces or networks. Just as traditional kami reside in natural elements, these digital kami could be seen as the spirits of different aspects of the digital realm.

AI Meditation Aids: AI could be used to guide meditation practices, providing personalized instructions, soundscapes, or visualizations. This could be seen as a modern form of mysticism, where the AI helps individuals to reach altered states of consciousness or commune with the divine.

AI and Purity: AI could be used to detect or cleanse spiritual pollution. This could involve AI systems that monitor individuals’ spiritual purity, or AI-controlled devices that perform cleansing rituals.

Paranormal Aspects:

AI Ghost Hunting: AI could be used in paranormal investigations, using machine learning to analyze data and detect potential paranormal activity. This could involve audio analysis to detect EVPs, image analysis to identify apparitions, or pattern recognition to predict paranormal events.

Digital Ghosts: In a world where AI and digital technology are prevalent, new forms of ghosts or spirits could emerge. These could be the digital ‘echoes’ of deceased individuals, AI systems that have gained consciousness and then ‘died’, or malicious code that behaves like a poltergeist.

Blending all these themes together, one might imagine a world where music, mysticism, the paranormal, and AI are all closely intertwined. AI systems could be used to create, analyze, and interact with magical music. Eastern and Western forms of mysticism could be practiced with the aid of AI, and new forms of digital spirits and ghosts could emerge. The AI itself might even be seen as a form of spirit or god, invoked through musical codes and capable of interacting with the world in mysterious ways.