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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.

Latest Episodes

Secret Sound - 12 - Marcotone Meditations (Edward Maryon)

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 asa self-professed tone-color scientist, the science of which he called Marcotone. Welcome to the colorful life of Daulby…

21 MINSEP 8
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Secret Sound - 12 - Marcotone Meditations (Edward Maryon)

Secret Sound - 11 - The Cradle of Harmony (William Sidney Mount)

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 fiddle, collected melodies from those around him and composed his own. He also designed and constructed a unique fiddle, which he called the Cradle of Harmony, which attempted to increase its sonic power to suit foot-stomping country dance music. Mount maintained an avid interest in esoteric spirituality and spiritualism throughout his life. Working with a spiritualist group called the Miracle Circle, he believed he was in direct communication with Rembrandt.

21 MINSEP 7
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Secret Sound - 11 - The Cradle of Harmony (William Sidney Mount)

Secret Sound - 10 - Surrounded By Infinite Space (Alan Hovhaness)

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 his Armenian heritage, while fusing his love of Indian music and philosophy, his love of nature and mountains in particular, and his interest in Vedantic Buddhism, Theosophy, and spiritualism, to name a few. His spiritual guide, Hermon di Giovanno, was a Greek immigrant who worked at a Boston diner that Hovhaness frequented. It was the psychic visions of Giovanno that would guide Hovhaness throughout his adult life. Welcome to the celestial gate…

38 MINAUG 27
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Secret Sound - 10 - Surrounded By Infinite Space (Alan Hovhaness)

Secret Sound - 9 - Born With Second Sight (Mary Lou Williams)

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 remained invisible to those around her. She ultimately embraced the Catholic faith and pioneered the inclusion of African-American jazz into the Catholic church. Fusing spirituality and music, Williams defined the role of jazz as “healing to the soul.” Being both female and African-American the success she experienced early on and throughout her life cannot be underestimated, both in affirming her talents and artistry as well as what she had to go through to be taken seriously as an artist. Welcome to the visionary world of Mary Lou Williams…

37 MINAUG 4
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Secret Sound - 9 - Born With Second Sight (Mary Lou Williams)

Secret Sound - 8 - An Unconventional Faith (Henry Cowell)

Welcome to Episode 8, “An Unconventional Faith,” in whichwe 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. And he pioneered instrumental and compositional methods and technologies, whose influences continue to this day. His experimental drive found youthful structure and inspiration in Irish mythology as well as a Theosophical commune in California. Until things got… complicated. Welcome to the experimental laboratory of Henry Cowell…

26 MINJUL 30
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Secret Sound - 8 - An Unconventional Faith (Henry Cowell)

Secret Sound - 7 - A Veil of Sound (Ruth Crawford-Seeger)

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 evoke what she called a “spiritual concept.” To do so she radicalized serial techniques, developed her own “prayer language,” and pursued a mystical aesthetic, before embracing American folk music in the late 1930s. She went on to inspire the American folk revival of the 1960s, but will forever be the queen of American ultramodernism.

19 MIN2018 OCT 18
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Secret Sound - 7 - A Veil of Sound (Ruth Crawford-Seeger)

Secret Sound - 6 - The Celestial Orchestra of New Jersey (Arthur Kirk Ferris)

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 to build massive angelic instruments fusing harps and strings. According to angelic designs, Ferris constructed the instruments, and with his wife Bertha and friends, performed Adventist hymns and heavenly improvisations until Ferris died in mid 1940s. Welcome to the angel reams…

22 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 6 - The Celestial Orchestra of New Jersey (Arthur Kirk Ferris)

Secret Sound - 5 - The Answering Intelligence (Arthur Farwell)

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 to aid human evolution through controlled intuition. Welcome to the Visionary Mind…

38 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 5 - The Answering Intelligence (Arthur Farwell)

Secret Sound - 4 - The Wildwood Troubadour (Anthony Philip Heinrich)

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 Wildwoods…

22 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 4 - The Wildwood Troubadour (Anthony Philip Heinrich)

Secret Sound - 3 - Music From Summerland (William Grant Still)

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 spiritual traditions of African-Americans in the early 20th century. Still’s music drew not only from African-American folk music, but spirit communications, dream visions, meditation, and more. Now let us close our eyes and enter Summerland…

21 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 3 - Music From Summerland (William Grant Still)

Latest Episodes

Secret Sound - 12 - Marcotone Meditations (Edward Maryon)

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 asa self-professed tone-color scientist, the science of which he called Marcotone. Welcome to the colorful life of Daulby…

21 MINSEP 8
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Secret Sound - 12 - Marcotone Meditations (Edward Maryon)

Secret Sound - 11 - The Cradle of Harmony (William Sidney Mount)

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 fiddle, collected melodies from those around him and composed his own. He also designed and constructed a unique fiddle, which he called the Cradle of Harmony, which attempted to increase its sonic power to suit foot-stomping country dance music. Mount maintained an avid interest in esoteric spirituality and spiritualism throughout his life. Working with a spiritualist group called the Miracle Circle, he believed he was in direct communication with Rembrandt.

21 MINSEP 7
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Secret Sound - 11 - The Cradle of Harmony (William Sidney Mount)

Secret Sound - 10 - Surrounded By Infinite Space (Alan Hovhaness)

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 his Armenian heritage, while fusing his love of Indian music and philosophy, his love of nature and mountains in particular, and his interest in Vedantic Buddhism, Theosophy, and spiritualism, to name a few. His spiritual guide, Hermon di Giovanno, was a Greek immigrant who worked at a Boston diner that Hovhaness frequented. It was the psychic visions of Giovanno that would guide Hovhaness throughout his adult life. Welcome to the celestial gate…

38 MINAUG 27
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Secret Sound - 10 - Surrounded By Infinite Space (Alan Hovhaness)

Secret Sound - 9 - Born With Second Sight (Mary Lou Williams)

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 remained invisible to those around her. She ultimately embraced the Catholic faith and pioneered the inclusion of African-American jazz into the Catholic church. Fusing spirituality and music, Williams defined the role of jazz as “healing to the soul.” Being both female and African-American the success she experienced early on and throughout her life cannot be underestimated, both in affirming her talents and artistry as well as what she had to go through to be taken seriously as an artist. Welcome to the visionary world of Mary Lou Williams…

37 MINAUG 4
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Secret Sound - 9 - Born With Second Sight (Mary Lou Williams)

Secret Sound - 8 - An Unconventional Faith (Henry Cowell)

Welcome to Episode 8, “An Unconventional Faith,” in whichwe 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. And he pioneered instrumental and compositional methods and technologies, whose influences continue to this day. His experimental drive found youthful structure and inspiration in Irish mythology as well as a Theosophical commune in California. Until things got… complicated. Welcome to the experimental laboratory of Henry Cowell…

26 MINJUL 30
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Secret Sound - 8 - An Unconventional Faith (Henry Cowell)

Secret Sound - 7 - A Veil of Sound (Ruth Crawford-Seeger)

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 evoke what she called a “spiritual concept.” To do so she radicalized serial techniques, developed her own “prayer language,” and pursued a mystical aesthetic, before embracing American folk music in the late 1930s. She went on to inspire the American folk revival of the 1960s, but will forever be the queen of American ultramodernism.

19 MIN2018 OCT 18
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Secret Sound - 7 - A Veil of Sound (Ruth Crawford-Seeger)

Secret Sound - 6 - The Celestial Orchestra of New Jersey (Arthur Kirk Ferris)

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 to build massive angelic instruments fusing harps and strings. According to angelic designs, Ferris constructed the instruments, and with his wife Bertha and friends, performed Adventist hymns and heavenly improvisations until Ferris died in mid 1940s. Welcome to the angel reams…

22 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 6 - The Celestial Orchestra of New Jersey (Arthur Kirk Ferris)

Secret Sound - 5 - The Answering Intelligence (Arthur Farwell)

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 to aid human evolution through controlled intuition. Welcome to the Visionary Mind…

38 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 5 - The Answering Intelligence (Arthur Farwell)

Secret Sound - 4 - The Wildwood Troubadour (Anthony Philip Heinrich)

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 Wildwoods…

22 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 4 - The Wildwood Troubadour (Anthony Philip Heinrich)

Secret Sound - 3 - Music From Summerland (William Grant Still)

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 spiritual traditions of African-Americans in the early 20th century. Still’s music drew not only from African-American folk music, but spirit communications, dream visions, meditation, and more. Now let us close our eyes and enter Summerland…

21 MIN2018 JUL 5
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Secret Sound - 3 - Music From Summerland (William Grant Still)
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