Various methods of recording and playing back sound have existed for about 80 years. Rock and roll, emerged around mid century 1950-1960, in an amplified form, the invention of HI-FI sound came about right after that. Stanley Owsley , seemingly pioneered many concepts, in HI-FI, and amplified sound delivery. He created a monster of a system, called the WALL OF SOUND, of which he managed to move around the planet, for many years, through mutual work with the Grateful Dead, and Crew, the help of the Fans, the dead heads. He did something, it was a great effort, and should not be forgotten or overlooked.
The concept of creating a sound space, with very clear and high definition is great. But the concept of being moved by that sound to different consciousness, and textures of feeling, is far more involved. The Main Idea, behind Hi-Fi temple, is that our brain and body process sound, on levels we have yet to understand, and explore. By creating a Hi definition mono field system and focusing a lot of attention to it we can learn to feel into sounds in ways we never imagined.
Imagine for a moment, that in the beginning of amplified sound, mono was the norm. It sounded great, and the people who listened to it, felt really good feelings from this music sound field. When it expanded into stereo, they were able to process , it from experience in different ways, then people who have always just listened to stereo music. Some pretty good sound systems emerged, and you could find them all over.
However with the digital age, and that mass production of cheap components, or the use of sub par components in equipment, cutting corners, on quality to the point where its hard to find anything that sounds good. We have come into a time, where we are using high level computing to create sounds that mimic hi-fi pretty good digitally, even through low quality components. But we should not sale ourselves short. We should still be trying to create amazing sound and feelings. People should not only have to hear a cheap imitation of a thing, but should have the equipment to replicate the experience.
I think its a good idea to understand some of the engineering behind, it , so you can create and fix things the way they need to be for your situation. The industry right now, is not out to make amazing transistors/ICs for our sound products, but instead are trying to miniaturize everything to the point where no one can understand how it works. They want you to get everything from a thing that fits in your pocket, and eventually even smaller. However this is not how sound works, sound needs space, and things to bounce off of.
We, when we listen, are monitoring , the sound “currents”, as they move around in the air. We use our ears, and eyes, feelings, and brain processes. We can use our mouths to mimic , communicate , and represent sounds. Musicians can often hum a tune to another musician, and they can play it. This is a developed , process. Sound is, in science represented as AC or alternating current, this is provable, through the mechanism of cancellation. If you reverse polarity, the same sound signal, and play it at with the original polarity it will become unhearable, or at least it will make a strange phasing sound, which is another sound completely created by the out of phase frequencies.
Hi-Fi, is in part the reduction of this effect, as much as possible, unless wanted. Noise, and distortion, are also, somewhat important to control. But noise and distortion are useful, as well. The noise and distortion effects , in recordings, however do not always do it justice. Thus it is important to learn how to use noise and distortion, in relation to recording, instead, of just recording it. This can be understood, better, by listening to how sound effects a audio Tube, harmonically, when it reaches certain frequencies and sound levels. You can record, the effect, how ever, it will not recreate, in the same way, even through the same system. No 2 Hi-Fi temples will be the same, But the principle behind it can be similar, and thus, if sounds are recorded, for the Hi-Fi temple they will sound better, on the system.
Sound is something very tangible. Many things in physics, we can not see, or feel. Yet, with sound, we can, this is why it is so important. In most regards, with sound, you can transpose your understandings, and theories, to other levels of reality, or different dimensions of thought, and feeling. It is also, a key, to understand, the subjectivity of reality. It is also a hammer, to break apart misunderstanding, and nail together realities, and energies, across “time and space”.
We, with our eyes, can not look at the sun, for very long, but we can look long enough to get an image, and an after image. We can with some focus, think back on what the sun looked like. (which constantly modulates) It will not really be the same way twice, from our point of view. When you dream, and you are outside, where is the light coming from? When you think back on a moment, where does the light come from, to light your imagination/vision. Well lets imagine that in part, we have gathered light into us. Lets also imagine, that we have absorbed sounds, into us, and we can with our throat, mouth, and mind focus, represent sounds, that create light spaces across our mind and body.
When we “visualize” this light, it is a representation , and it is not at the exact, transposition as the original source. However, if the light of the sun, is in many ways beyond our concept of time, this light, in some ways, is the beginning and end, in our understanding. It is also of a dimension beyond, what we, can truly experience, and we merely can represent it, and transpose it to our own vibrations, that we can experience. Yet this light, has imprinting from, these higher dimensions, and also, there are mechanics in place that filter, and slow things down, to our experiential level.
Based on the last paragraph, imagine for a moment, that dragons live on the sun. What we see as light, they, because they are on the experiencing vibration of that light, may not see it as light, they may hear it as sound, or just “air”. But something is vibrating, and energy is coming from the sun. These Dragons are, listening, to the general vibrations of that place, and seeing something different then what we are seeing. They are not burning up, but vibrating at a frequency, that cancels out that effect(of burning), yet they are experiencing sound, at the threshold frequencies, within that cancellation. Which would be, what we, consider light. From our perception, they are being of light, and of the sort that is hard for us to look at. But, can we listen to it, and represent it, somehow within our self?
Tai Chi, is in part the process of listening to the Sun, and also in part the process of listening to the Earth. There are many other parts to Tai Chi, But these are something to think on, and become inspired by, when you feel like maybe nothing is coming from your Tai Chi practice. Hi-Fi temple, is a tool to represent things a little above our usual pay grade here, on earth.
A huge part of Hi-Fi temple construction is room design. Not so much in shape, or size, but surface area, and surface area components. Certain sounds, also create self surface area effects, and in theory so do thoughts, and modes of our calendar(Tai Chi calendar), In that moon phases effect the -density and light- surface area, in your location. These modulations, when documented, for your location, can play a role, in the construction of your room design.
I want to note hear, pun, that digital sound can be rounded out , simply by using an inductor or coil. Digital sound, could be comprised of any number of offsets, and square waves, hidden within the code( even dropped information ). Even though , it is probably not possible to measure, any rounding/blurring in the offsets, because it could literally be happening on a “quantum level”, it is happening, inductors, its what they do . Properly dithered digital sounds, will also be, better. Remember Tape cassettes, well these had noise, and with dithering you can set a noise, that is far less then it was with tapes. Or you can actually just use tapes, the hi quality ones, the sound is literally stored in a magnetic method, which is actually quite amazing, and most likely will make a comeback, even in the storage of digital information, not most likely but most definitely. They will find, that they can store, an infinity of information, on a few inches of tape. Because, the amount of information contained, in just music, on a tape, is quite a bit. Imagine playing a tape at 1 centimeter per hour, this tape has, 256 tracks, Each track, can play at different positions on the tape. Makes you wonder what that noise is?
What I am trying to Relate, is that the Theory of Hi-Fi temple in an important one and it goes with Tai Chi quite well. Many things will over lap, in the two practices. One Tai Chi position, in this regard, is to simply clasp your hand behind your head, and extend your ear, into the formation and listen into it. If your slowly, and in a manner of Tai Chi move your arms , like a butterfly method, you will be able to focus and gather energy in a focused way. Some of the feelings here, can give you a lot of information about other Tai Chi movements. When you look into the mono-field, using this position, you can focus in many ways.