Originally published on May 11, 2009
It’s my pleasure to bring you this episode featuring a discussion with musician and researcher Ezra Sandzer-Bell. Ezra has done extensive research and writing about the origins and esoteric connections of western music. The focus of our conversation is primarily the correspondence between sound and color, as well as a system to combine the the two, named “Marcotone.”
MARCOTONE from Sanskrit
- Ma – to measure
- R – raga (by scaling)
- Co – color
- Tone – pitch
Marcotone was developed and documented by Edward Maryon in the early part of the 20th century and has been used by esoteric practitioners to verify their own doctrine and develop practices to attune the mind.
With his extensive musical background and understanding of music theory, Ezra does a phenomenal job of explaining the Marcotone system, how it functions, some mathematical inconsistencies, and his own experience in using it. One of the main points to draw from the discussion is that Marcotone is a spiritual system and does produce results.
Ezra has also been hard at work with Steve Willner to produce a series of videos exploring concepts relating to music, color, and thought. These videos are a real treat and I encourage you to check them out.
I learned quite a bit from Ezra about the way sound and color can be combined and how music can affect us in a variety of ways. The amount of time and effort that Ezra has spent researching these topics is evident from his explanations and insights into what might seem mundane to the uninitiated. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did!
Marcotone: The Science of Tone-Color by Edward Maryon
“Marcotone Notes – Key Concepts” by Ezra Sandzer-Bell – PDF file
“Letter, Musical Pitch, and Color in the Work of Paul Foster Case” by Alison Deadman – PDF file
“Correlation of Sound and Color” by Paul Foster Case
Occult Fundamentals and Spiritual Unfoldment – Volume 1: The Early Writings by Paul Foster Case
The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Foster Case
“Vowel Sounds in the Great Pyramid” by Edward Lee
“Concerning Music and Dancing as Aids to the Religious Life” – Chapter V of The Alchemy of Happiness by Al Ghazzali
Labyrinth of the Psychonaut – Steve Willner’s blog
intro music by HipGnosis