I have always thought that crystals have a lot in common with music.
I like to find analogies between them. I like it even more when those similarities become evident in the title of a piece of music or when they provide inspiration to the producers.
Listening is one of many means of understanding our deep physical interconnectedness with the natural world, and it is intimately related to human creativity and intelligence.
Some philosophers have studied the connections between our emotions, music and the natural world; we have a deep-seated emotional connection with nature.
Composers of many generations and from regions all over the world have tried to inspire emotions in the listener through nature in music, and crystals are no exception. This has been recognized for centuries and these inherent connections have been exploited to convey emotion and meaning through their creative work.
What is a crystal and why does it remind me of a musical piece? In very simple terms, a crystal is an ordered and repetitive arrangement of atoms, ions or molecules. An ordered and repetitive arrangement? Too much similarity.
Repetition as a musical aspect has been widely exploited and it is present in many musical pieces; not in any particular genre, nor in any particular historical period, it is found in ancient and modern music.
By using this aspect as a resource, it is even possible to create musical illusions, such as Shepard’s ladder, which is often compared to a never-ending staircase, in which you seem to climb continuously (or descend, depending on the direction in which you follow the rungs) and yet end up where you started.