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Best William Seegers podcasts we could find (updated April 2020)
Best William Seegers podcasts we could find
Updated April 2020
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Psychic pianists, prophetic instrument makers, and orchestral meditators--Secret Sound features marginalized American composers, whose work is drawn from intuitive experience and esoteric tradition. Each episode explores an individual artist, focusing on their musical works, creative process, biography, and esoteric influences. Along the way we'll encounter the philosophies of New Thought, Theosophy, spiritualism, Kabbalah, Enochian magic, and more.
 
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Welcome to Part 2 of Episode 13, "The Magic of Tone." This episode focuses on French-American composer, painter, poet, prolific author, and renowned astrologer, Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985). Coming to America from Paris in 1916, Rudhyar’s intuitively dissonant Theosophically inspired music and philosophy would influence numerous composers, including Ru…
 
Welcome to Part 1 of Episode 13, "The Magic of Tone." This episode focuses on French-American composer, painter, poet, prolific author, and renowned astrologer, Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985). Coming to America from Paris in 1916, Rudhyar’s intuitively dissonant Theosophically inspired music and philosophy would influence numerous composers, including Ru…
 
Welcome to Episode 12, Marcotone Meditations. This episode features one of the stranger personas in our history, British-American Edward Maryon (1867-1954). He was a Theosophical composer, a mythical Count, a criminal forger of master paintings, and a man of many names. But he is most known as a self-professed tone-color scientist, the science of w…
 
Welcome to Episode 11, The Cradle of Harmony, on the life of painter, composer, fiddler, inventor, and spiritualist William Sidney Mount (1807-1868). Mount, who lived primarily in Stony Brook, Long Island, pioneered genre painting, giving a strong focus upon African-American musicians and everyday country life around Stony brook. He played the fidd…
 
Welcome to Episode 10, “Surrounded By Infinite Space.” With around 500 works to his name, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) is one of the most prolific American composers of the 20th century. His works are pervaded by an idiosyncratic mysticism and as well as a global and cosmic awareness. Hovhaness’ spiritual identity was uniquely syncretic, rooted in hi…
 
Welcome to Episode 9, “Born With Second Sight.” Through the life of pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, we meet a self-described psychic, a child prodigy pianist, and a renowned composer of zodiac jazz and catholic jazz masses. From her childhood onward, Williams saw spirits, ghosts, animals, angels and demons, and future situations—things that…
 
Welcome to Episode 8, “An Unconventional Faith,” in which we explore the radical world of Henry Cowell (1897-1965). Cowell was one of the most prolifically experimental composers in American history. He was one of the first composers to incorporate diverse cultural aesthetics—drawing from the musical traditions of Japan, China, Ireland, and beyond.…
 
Welcome to Episode 7, "A Veil of Sound." Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is a pioneering composer from the early 20th century, and the first female composer to win a Guggenheim fellowship. Her early experimental work was inspired by the esoteric philosophies of Theosophy, Transcendentalism, and Hinduism. In these works, dissonance was used to evok…
 
Episode 6, the celestial orchestra of new jersey, focuses on a New Jersey-based landscape gardener and visionary instrument maker, Arthur K. Ferris (1871-1943). Inspired by the angelic visitations revered in the Seventh Day Adventist church, in 1924 Ferris had a visionary encounter with the angel Gabriel, who gave him detailed instructions on how t…
 
Welcome to Episode 5, “The Answering Intelligence.” This episode features composer and educator Arthur Farwell. Raised in an esoteric household, Farwell would go on to incorporate Native American religion, New Thought meditation, and Jewish Kabbalah into his life and music. Throughout his life he had prophetic visions and viewed himself as a seer t…
 
Welcome to Episode 4, The Wildwood Troubadour. This episode focuses on composer Anthony Philip Heinrich, aka the Wildwood Troubadour. Through Heinrich, born in 1781, we pass through the visionary theology of Emanuel Swedenborg and Native American religion, to meet Heinrich’s mystical experiences in a Kentucky forest. Welcome to the Spirits of the W…
 
Welcome to Episode 3, “Music From Summerland.” Here our focus is on the renowned “Dean of African-American composers”, William Grant Still. One of the more well known composers in this history, Still’s spiritual biography has largely remained hidden, as well as some of his more compelling works. Through Still’s life we explore the esoteric spiritua…
 
Welcome to Episode 2, Her Dreaming Fingers. In this episode we focus on composer, pianist, and author Katherine Ruth Heyman. Through Heyman we explore the esoteric tradition of Theosophy and itsrole in American music. For Heyman musical pitches corresponded to colors, vowels, the elements of nature, and the planets of the cosmos—hers was a visionar…
 
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