Reviving antiquity will focus on Forgotten Knowledge

Reviving Antiquity to Be the Subject of a New Website.

Reviving Antiquity. We are proud and pleased to announce we are refocusing our energies into two websites. Our web posts on DSOworks are currently at over 260 blogs. DSOworks will now be directed toward music, the performing arts and theater. All subjects relating specifically to antiquity will have its own website: Poetry by the Oquaga Spirit will appear on both.


In the forgotten past was strong bond between music and architecture. From musical instruments dating from the 2nd and 3rd millenium B.C.,  we know vibrations per second of their  pitches. These vibrations were translated by building designers into numbers of measurements prominent in their particular sites. A prime example is Stonehenge on the Wiltshire plains.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric World Heritage Site 8 miles north of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England.[1] It is made of a henge,[2] with standing stones in circles.

There were three main building phases, each between about 3100 BC and 1950 BC. The first circle, ~3000 BC, was made of timber. The post holes for the timber have been found. Around 2600 BC, the builders gave up timber in favour of stone. Most of the construction took place between 2640 and 2480 BC.[3]

Reviving Antiquity as Demonstrated by Stonehenge.
Stonehenge translates numbers of measurements into numbers of musical tones.

Reviving antiquity is what the future is all about.
Our ancestors once had a vision of an harmonious past that they etched into the landscape.
 On page 127 Michell discusses how: The 17 surviving stone pillars are still suported by six curved stone lintels. He further states: As it once was, the circle of sarsen lintels was “one of the most exact and symmetrical works …ever created. The width is taken as 3,52 feet by many metrologists. Also, the distance from its center to the outside heel stone is 264 feet. Here are some its parallels to music:

  • The old diatonic “C” vibrates 264 times/second.
  • The old diatonic “F” vibrates 352 times/ second.

In closing: Our new website,, will refocus on the unity art and science once share through number squares. Keep checking on its progress. The goal of the site is to work at redirecting mankind to a harmonious existence as once was envisioned in our forgotten and lost past. This, of course, is no small task.  But as Hillel said: “If not now, when?”.




Sing unto the Lord a New Song

Sing to the Lord all the Earth ref. Johannes Kepler

Sing to the Lord all the Earth ref. Johannes Kepler. First of all, most of us have an idea about the Lord. Who was Kepler? Johannes Kepler, (born December 27, 1571, Weil der Stadt, Württemberg [Germany]—died November 15, 1630, Regensburg) German astronomer who discovered three major laws of planetary motion,   The ones were will consider in are: Laws 2: The time necessary to traverse any arc of a planetary orbit is proportional to the area of the sector between the central body and that arc. It is known as the “area law.”  Law 3: there is an exact relationship between the squares of the planets’ periodic times and the cubes of the radii of their orbits (the “harmonic law”). Harmonic? Does the Earth have song? Do we need a new song? The Psalms continually refer to a “new song.” If we do, what exactly is wrong with the old one?

Sing? What exactly is the Earth's song?
Sing unto the Lord a New Song. Kepler posted a musical motif for each planet. They are based on their various orbital speeds. These are relative to each other. In this regard they have ratios like musical tones.

Psalm 33:1-22   Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song;

Psalm 96:1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!

For the Earth’s musical motif as per Kepler, we have “Mi, Fa, Mi”. He stated this stood for “Misery, Famine and more Misery.” In this regard, the psalms are what we need.  They can eliminate this condition. It would be a worthwhile undertaking to sing this new song. Enough negativity. Read the psalms and join the happy chorus in the featured picture! Best of the holidays from
Isaiah 42:10 – Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

In meekness Bach said he wrote music for instruction

Fifths of Tones Sets the Future & Was the Neolithic Standard

Fifths of Tones Sets the Future and was the Neolithic Standard.  Why the featured picture? The answers are all on the piano keyboard. Piano playing develops a talent for working with numbers. The solfeggio of the fifth set the way for the building of Neolithic temples. In Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tones Do and So are the 5th.  Do to So are a prototype for all fifths. The ancient  temples used specific diatonic tones. The fifth relationship (3 to 2 ratio) was there. The only difference was the set specific tones. They were the fifth of  A to E in Neolithic times; not the C to G as pictured on this staff.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) theatrical poster.jpg and Fifths
The Interval of the Last 2 Notes of its Famous 5 Note Theme Were At the Core of Neolithic Building.

Ancient diatonic tones had a primary fifth. The lower was set at A-440 vibrations per second. The higher was E-660 vibrations per second. Various historical cultures set the numbers of these tones into their own units of measure.  Instruments dating  back to the Sumerian times have been found. We know of their vibrations per second.

Neolithic cultures thrived on number squares. That’s what I have blogging about on DSOworks. Please read them all. This is lost knowledge that I have found. They also had knowledge of the hidden number codes on the 3 x 3 number square.

Neolithic Musical Fifths Come From Here
Musical Fifths Are Hidden in An Ancient Number Code That Once was the Banner of a Golden Age of Peace and Plenty
  • Consider the 3 x 3 number square by double numbers:  First we view horizontally: (49 + 35 + 81 + 94 + 53 + 18) + (92 + 57 + 16 + 61 + 75 + 29) = 660.  Now view vertically: (43 + 95 + 27 + 34 + 59 + 72) + (83 + 15 + 67 + 38 + 51 + 76) = 660. That numbers our diatonic “E”.
  • Consider the perimeter of 3 x 3 number square by overlapping double numbers as:  49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. Reverse the numbers and get the same total. That numbers our diatonic “A”.

We have just found the following: (1) The lower diatonic “A” 440 of the fifth. (2) The higher interval of the fifth. That is, E- 660. Many readers are experiencing this information for  first time.  Please recognize that  Neolithic, priestly ancestors knew this over 6,000 years ago.  How did I come by this knowledge? On Oquaga Lake an Indian Spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe was anxious to share her wisdom with me. Below is a free sampling of her poetry. Enjoy!

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Listen to the new music style on my ballroom dancing CD.

Eight and Its Harmonic Use by Even Ancient Civilizations

Eight and Its Harmonic Usage by Even Ancient Civilizations. There’s nothing ancient about our newest CD. It’s a hit with ballroom dancers from across the country. I wrote the music and Sharon is the skillful arranger. Our daughter, Kathryn Parks, is dancing with Charlie Logan. We worked many years in the Catskill Mountains. Like the movie, Dirty Dancing, ballroom dancing is big in the Catskills. I, David Ohrenstein,  composed, the music. Wife, Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein  is the orchestrator and arranger. Ballroom dancing and ballet use the 8 bar phrase. An eight bar phrase expresses a complete thought in music. Skip to My Lou is an example. However, its use in music goes back to earliest times.

Eight bars of music is standard. Eight bar lines separate the measures.
Eight bars of music express a musical thought. Skip to my Lou is a well known example

First of all Egyptians and Greeks called 8 an harmonious number. The basic octave of 8 notes is the strongest musical overtone. Here’s an experiment.

  • All tones have overtones: They are notes that vibrate sympathetically. Usually they can’t be easily heard. The primary note is so much stronger. Yet, the octave is the strongest overtone of any note. Here’s how to hear one. Go to the piano. Press the “C” above middle “C” down.  Press it silently. Then, play the middle “C” and release it. Keep  holding the higher “C” down.  You’ll  hear the silently struck higher “C” quite strongly. This octave is the fundamental overtone. Other overtones are also there, but weaker.
  •  The top note of the octave vibrates in a 2 to 1 ratio with the lower. In the diatonic scale of the ancients the lower middle “C” vibrated 264 times per second. The higher was double, or 528 times per second.

So Where’s the Harmonic Number Eight?

Here’s another bit of old technical knowledge. Eight was actually called an harmonic number. Why, you might ask? Music was venerated by the ancients. So was the cube. Temples were built or concieved by this form. Examples are the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple, and the Ka-aba. Now, note the following

  • The cube has 12 edges. It has 6 faces.  That’s the musical octave’s two to one ratio (12 t0 6). So where is the harmonic 8? Count the corners. They total 8.
  • Cube, Escher, Gradient, Mc Escher, Optical Illusion

Ancients said 8 was harmonic because it is 1/3 larger than six (6 + 2 = 8). It is 1/3 smaller than twelve (12 -4 = 8).  It brought the octave together by the same fraction (1/3). Finally, back to the keyboard. Look at one “C” to the next. The octave contains 12 half tones (count the black and white keys).  It also has 6 whole tone intervals. The notes are bridged by the 8 tone “C” major scale. These are the white keys from one “C” to the next.


Keep checking our products page on I offer piano lessons in Sarasota until I start playing piano in Boca Grande at the Gaparilla Inn. We will also be posting a number of upcoming events. In the meanwhile, I’ll keep on blogging.

Eight tones of the scale are found on their two magnificent Steinway Grand pianos that I play in season
Vintage Steinways are found at the Gasparilla Inn.  One from 1924, the other -1925. I play there from Christmas until April.



Sexagesimal Math comes from the interaction of 5 and 6.

Sexagesimal Mathematics Fuses Yin and Yang by Number

Sexagesimal Mathematics Fuses Yin and Yang by Number. Civilization supposedly began in the 3rd millennium B.C. with the Sumerians. What is not known is this: Their math is an extension of numbers 5 and 6. Five is yin. Six is yang. John Michell, in City of Revelation, page 73- talks about the history of the rose and lily. The 5 petalled rose symbolizes yin. The 6 petalled lily symbolizes yang. This belief held firm through the Middle Ages.


Sexagesimal Mathematics is also based on the Rose and the Lily
Sexagesimal Mathematics and Other Overlooked Concepts are Discussed in this Wonderful Little Book by my favorite author, John Michell.

How We Arrive At the Sexagesimal or the 60

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Eightball is the key to winning at pool

Eightball: Understanding the Significance of #8

Eightball: Understanding the Significance of #8 This topic, by necessity, will requite many blogs. In the game of pool sinking the 8 ball in a pocket, can make you win or loose the game.  Being a composer/pianist, I will mainly cover the use of #8 in music with my first blog. The first fundamental overtone of music is the octave. This tone sounds at the same time as the octave “overtone” of its lower note. Although it’s softer, it still can be heard. The ratio of the speed of its vibration of the higher to the  lower is 2 to 1. Count the white keys under the outstreched hand in the picture below. There are eight white keys.

Eightball, octave...Here's how to stretch your hand and your mind.
Eightball, octave, are all about number 8
  1. Go to piano.
  2. Depress the higher “C” with your thumb(as in the picture) without making a sound.
  3. Keep it down.
  4. Then depress and play the lower “C”.  It is being played by the “pinky.”The two notes are pictured above
  5. You will then hear the formerly quiet higher “C” resonate quite strongly and clearly.

The white keys, from the fifth finger to the thumb, define the “C” major scale. Major and minor scales are defined by eight tones. So are the more ancient chruch modes. These include the dorian, phrygian, lydian, aoelian…Scales are at the basis of  playing any instrument. I offer piano lessons in Sarasota. Now, back to number 8.

  • A complete musical thought or phrase has 8 bars of music. That gives it stablity. Think of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”: “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was white as snow.” These words cover eight bars of music. This is an example of musical sentence.

In the realm of chemistry eight also has special properties. Eight electrons in an atoms or shared by compounds in the outer shell does the following:

  • It stablizies any compound.
  • It defines a “period” on the periodic chart. Or, it makes for totally stable or inert element. Similarly, a period stablizes or completes a sentence.

Eightball and its Mystique of “8” are also in the World’s Religions

Buddha taught of the eightfold noble path.  It led to enligtenment. In Islam a fascinating parallel exits between music and heaven.  This is in  the belief that there are 7 hells and 8 heavens. The title Hasht bihisht ( 8 paradises) is used several times in Persian literature. This I found in the book, The Mystery of Numbers by Annemarie Schimmel.  I worked with maestro Rubinoff and His Violin as his arranger. Any musical idea that only had 7 bars sounded “wrong.”  Eight bars sounded correct. That always turned out to be the case. Rubinoff was extremely successful as an arranger and violinist. While at Wayne State University, I was a music major.  I also was Rubinoff’s accompanist and arranger.  Conclusion: Get on the “eightball”. Learn to enjoy life, and feel fulfilled. Most important: partake of music- David.



So how is the Baghdad City Outline Derived from the inch?

Harmonic Ideal in Marriage, Partnerships and Friendships

Harmonic Ideal in Marriage, Partnerships and Friendships. Pythagoras stated the harmonic mean (average)  “was one of the most divine endowments.” He relates how it is found in music, nature, the heavens, flowers, hills, moving animals and even the waves of the sea. Pythagoras was reputed have have worked extensively with this “new” mathematical ratio”. The harmonic mean was considered the most subtle. The average mean is the even split of two numbers into halves.

The Harmonic mean was most significant. Here's why.
Harmonic mean was a favorite with Pythagoras
  • The arithmetic mean is the average of any two numbers. The two numbers chosen for this blog are twelve and six. Add them together:  (12 + 6= 18 ). When split into two equal parts they equal 9.
  • The valued harmonic mean of 12 and 6 is 8. Here’s how and why it was extremely important to the ancient Greek and other civilizations.

An Explanation of the Harmonic Mean and its Importance to Civilizations of the Past

With the harmonious average I am blogging about, each number bends towards the other in proportion to its size. Thus 12 reaches to number 6 in the same proportion that 6 reaches to twelve. It works like this:

  • Take 1/3 off of number twelve. Then it equals 8. ( 12 – 4 = 8)
  • Increase the size of number 6 by 1/3. Then it also equals 8. (6 + 2 =8)
  • The harmonic mean of 6 and 12 are both 8!

So how does this concept help in  Marriage, Partnerships and Friendships? With this type of balance, one number bends to the other in proportion to its size. Smaller people usually do not have the physique and stamina work as hard as a larger person. It takes much more effort on their part.  The arithmetic mean does not consider the smallness of #6. It does not balance at 8 in harmonious existence. Rather with the arithmetic mean, it needs to work harder to balance number 12 at the assigned number of 9.

So Why the Featured Picture of the Cube?

This blog has been about how numbers 6, 8 and 12 express the harmonic average or “mean”. The cube is the embodiment in a solid figure of this harmonious relationship. It has 6 faces, 8 corners and 12 edges (see featured image). This is the reason that the most sacred temples and visions of mankind were conceived as cubes. These temples are a reminder to place the element of harmony into daily living. Certainly, the Ka’aba of Islam, the vision of the Christian Heavenly Jerusalem in the Book of Revelations, even the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple were cubic. Harmony in relationships is based, in this regard, on one thing: Kindness, mercy  and consideration for the smaller on the part of the larger.  Of course, sometimes and under some special circumstances (age, illness)  the smaller may have to work more than the larger. That is why Pythagoras stated the harmonic mean (average)  “was one of the most divine endowments.” It gives the people the blessings of mercy in all relationships.




Earthmusic a la planet Earth

Earthmusic -Each Planet Has a Musical Motif as per Kepler

Earthmusic results from  each planet Having its own musical motif as per Kepler. He analyzed the speeds of the planets at various parts of their orbits. Then he translated their ratios into musical tones. Wait ’till you read about the Earth’s. Perhaps that might explain the hardships we seem to have here.  It will all be in my upcoming book, Music Under the Zodiac. One of its goals is to present musical therapy in a new light. The following quote from my book is based on information found in Guy Murchie’s Music of the Spheres. 

How Do Planets Have Musical Motifs or Melodies?

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Johannes Kepler (1571- 1630) actually came up with melodies for each planet by computing their velocities at different parts of their orbits. These ratios were then changed to ratios of musical tones. Earth’s tones were “mi, fa, mi”. In Latin he said it stood for “miseria, famina miseria”. It translates to misery, famine and more misery. Mercury was the soprano, Venus a contralto, Mars was the falsetto tenor, while the giant planets of Jupiter and Saturn were deeply bass.

How can we, on planet Earth, can change the tune?  By giving our own personal melodies more dimension. Too many so called “Melodies” of today’s compositions consist of two different notes. Punk and rap music are sources of such genres. On a good day, they might have three notes. Or, Heaven forbid, four. Our melody needs more breath and scope. Melody needs contour and contrast. Just look at Hoagy Carmichael’s best musical seller, Stardust, for example: Here’s the story: The  rhythms of the 1920’s had taken top billing in music. Nobody wanted to publish Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust. It had long phrases of beautiful melody. Then, the Great Depression Hit. We had misery, famine and more misery. The very next year, Stardust become a number one hit. It took dust from a star, or Stardust, to counter the misery on our planet during the Great Depression  that began in 1929. How ironic!



One Musical Hoagy Please? (click on to hear Hoagy play Stardust.)

Taurus give the ensemble its backbone.

Taurus as Relates to Musical Ability and Preferences

Taurus as Relates to Musical Ability and Preferences, I am trying to feature music, as it relates to the zodiac, as a part of my blogging. I am currently working on a book entitled Music Under the Zodiac. Its main thrust is a complete and new discovered musical therapy system by key signature. I know that nowadays any price is difficult  to afford. If you attend to my blogs regularly, of course whatever is there is free. You will at least have a taste of some of the chapters. It will sell for $2.99 when it becomes available.

Taurus     (April 21-May 20)

Portrait of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Taurus composer Tschaikovsky had solid orchestration and beautiful melodies.
Taurus: An Arch Genius Taurus Composer was Tschaikovsky

The Type of Music Preferred for Listening

 Listener:  This sign, in contrast to Aries, likes slower and melodic music. Keep in mind that while Aries is ruled by the dynamic planet, Mars; this next sign is ruled by the planet of beauty, Venus. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and the Overture of 1812 are two melodious selections that those born under this second sign of the zodiac would enjoy. In today’s vernacular it can be expressed as hard rock for Aries versus soft for Taurus. This “bullish” sign has great  inner resources. The music can be slower, but yet an added firmness gives interest to the pace.

Preferred Instruments and Performing Style of Taurus

Performer:  Because the ruling element of  this sign is earth, this person is the grounded rhythmic anchor of any group. Thus, Taurus does well in ensembles be it a band, with chamber music, a Broadway ensemble or of course, an orchestra.

In opposition to Aries, those born under this sign are usually not naturally a showmen. Rather, they provide the solid base on which a group may be built.  Instruments of interest for Taurus are the double bass, bass guitar, tuba, baritone, or bassoon- all “foundation instruments”. The melodic percussion section, like the xylophone or marimba, are also of interest. Of course you can add any instrument that is played with beautiful melody. Unlike Aries, this second sign of the zodiac  prefers to practice at a slower tempo. This is fine at first but, if the music specifies, increase your speed. For this purpose the metronome is helpful.


Edgar DegasL’Orchestre de L’Opera, (1868) Bassoons appeal to those born under this second zodiac sign of spring.  They are, what I call, a “foundation instrument”- the backbone of any group.

Taurus loves the lower fondation instruments like the bassoon
Bassoons are among the “foundation” instruments that appeal to those born under the zodiac sign of Taurus .This sign is the first “earth” sign”.

This sign can develop a fine technique.  By nature, they are diligent workers. Taurus has a spiritual inclination that draws him to fine arts. This is true of all people with Venus as their “ruling planet”. Happy Birthday!


Nocturnes of Chopin are Still Highly Cutting Edge in Novelty

Nocturnes by Chopin are still Highly Cutting Edge in Novelty .  This is true even by today’s standards.  One of the nocturnes written by Chopin will serve for today’s blog: It is Opus 37, No. 2. Chopin goes from one key signature to the next, quickly. Like a great painter,constantly changing he colors. Yet the entire work holds together beautifully. This opus is like a musical kaleidoscope of harmonies. They shift continually.  Chopin was highly experimental. No matter what key this nocturne goes into, he changes the sharps and flats- not the key signature. Throughout the entire score, you see the “F#”, which here denotes the key of G major. In most music, same key signature with continual modulations by “accidentals” rarely happens.  As I fascinatingly practice this work, the continual “F#” really stands out against, say, six flats. Yet,  the work hangs together for an unforgettable aesthetic experience.

All About  Nocturnes

Generally they have a calm feeling. Surprisingly, an Irishman, John Field (1792-1837), is said to have originated the form. Today the Nocturne’s lingering melodies are almost totally abandoned in favor of music that has short rhythmic outbursts. A fairly recent exception is the Harlem Nocturne. The Duke can thank the Irish fellow and Polish fellow for the form title. They have long melodic lines with ornaments. Often they are played with rhythmic freedom. The nocturne was even favored a century early by composers. It was called the notturno. It spelled out nighttime entertainment. The pieces were generally light, short, and meant to be played outdoors. The Moon, of course, was the featured background. Even Haydn wrote a set of notturnos for the king of Naples in 1790.

My Prediction for Nocturnes

Long melodic lines have been on the “outs” for decades. Everything is cyclic. They will return sooner rather than later as an art form. Beautiful is coming back. Take heart. The cycle of beautiful is only about 50 years overdue. Right now I am offering piano lessons in Sarasota. Here is an update: Beginning Dec 20th 2017 I will  play 6 days weekly on their new reburbished 1924 Steinway Grand. It has the sweetest sound of any piano on Earth!  Thank you master technician Larry Keckler for rebuilidng the piano!

Duke Ellington’s Harlem Nocturne – YouTube

Nov 11, 2009 – Uploaded by TheYellowTelevision

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra’s rendition of the jazz classic,Harlem Nocturne.

Mix – Chopin Nocturne – No 12 in G Major Op 37-2YouTube