S01E06 Heresy

The soul dies with the body

We are now inside the walls of the city Dis. In Dante’s Inferno, the sixth circle of Hell is dedicated to Heresy, which was a deadly sin in Medieval Europe. Heresy violated the scared and holy teachings of the Church. The generally accepted punishment for heresy was death by fire. And if that wasn’t enough, the heretic soul was eternally condemned to a flaming tomb along the city walls of Dis.

So where are we now? It’s still not a good idea to insult Allah and His Prophet but that’s ‘just’ blasphemy. Heresy is different. Heresy undermines commonly accepted ideas of what’s true, what’s right and wrong. It undermines religions and governments. But it also promotes change.

One of the most powerful adversaries of religion is science. Science does not care about the things we can’t observe, repeat, understand and prove. So concepts like God, The Afterlife and the Pre-Big Bang situation are beyond the interest of Science. However, without creativity and imagination, many (or most) important scientific breakthroughs would not exist. It would be a deadly sin to ignore our wildest dreams. Without dreams, we’re dead.

The track starts with a YouTube fragment where some guy issues a Grand Prize atheist challenge to provide prove or evidence that God does not exist.

Imagine you wake up in a pitch black endless void. You can’t see a thing. But you’re not alone. There are dark critters moving around in the distance, making weird sounds with their teeth. Hey, they sound much closer now.

The main theme of this track has a simple note in a weird timing.  It is based on a bar of of 16 notes and if you listen closely you’ll notice a sound on beats 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and 21. This is called the Fibonacci sequence, where each number is the sum of the previous two, so 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, etc.  Yes, it sounds like cold science, but it’s also a reference to the beauty of Mother Nature’s creation. The same sequence is used at the opening track of S03 Paradise, but then the numbers are used for the pitch. It sounds really beautiful. This is because harmony sounds nice to our ears.

This part of the track also winks to Dante’s original work, where he shares (forbidden) scientific knowledge to his readers.

Robert Fripp
Is a famous guitarplayer who used all kinds of creative ways to make his guitar ‘scream and sustain’. You can hear him on many David Bowie albums (Heroes, Scary Monsters).  I tried to recreate the sound on a Yamaha Montage 6 keyboard to give this obvious dance track a special twist – and to honor my personal musical heroes.