Barbara Hero author of "Lambdoma Unveiled (The Theory of Relationships)," and "Glass Bead and Knot Theory of Relationships" is a creative musician, mathematician and artist. She possesses the unique ability to unify these three disciplines into an interrelated functional theory of existence, known as the Lambdoma. She has written and lectured extensively on the wisdom encoded within this ancient matrix of whole number ratio's attributed to Pythagoras. Born in Washington D. C, daughter of the late artist, Lucile Evans Ferrell, Barbara's life's works in music lead her to focus on the relationship of mankind to the universe and the development of methods to assist individuals in attuning to their own fundamental vibrations. Exploring the intricacies of architecture and its relationship to sound she found interesting relationships between the spaces we live in, the sounds we encounter and the lives that we lead. Further research led Barbara to the works of Pythagoras, which included a diagram outlining the mathematics of harmony. Acquiring a degree in mathematics she confirmed that there was a relationship between color and music (sight and sound). Researching mathematical frequencies of light and sound, she developed a unique understanding of their interrelationship to individuals and their quality of life. While working with Boston Massachusetts drug rehabilitation programs she had the opportunity to put her accumulated knowledge to use.
She taught addicts to draw what they were feeling. Her investigation of the healing properties of Lambdoma sound inspired her to introduce this music to the art-therapy classes. She noted that her students responded remarkably. Many, inspired by the music, produced symbolic abstract drawings. Working with her "Creative Application Engineer," Robert M. Foulkrod, she has developed unrivaled methods, using computer processing and laser projection, to document and present musical frequencies. Computer-generated tones, based on the ancient diagram, have produce unequaled mathematically perfect meditation tapes. The logical "right brain" becomes entranced with the perfect sound intervals. The creative "left brain," now free from interference, produces an unrestricted flow of stimulation leading to the potential production of art, poetry, music and feelings. Many different doorways to ourselves unlock and open wide. Her methods enable individuals to find their own personal "Key Note" or "Resonant Frequency," to recognize their various "Chakras." Personal voice patterns in the form of "Keynotes" combined with the Lambdoma musical scale enable participants to observe indications of balances or imbalances. "An emotional healing on an emotional and spiritual level," is her description of the combined experience of the individual. She has processed much of this knowledge into music, books and produced a series of audio cassettes directed toward bringing the individual into harmony with the universal energies.


This book was conceived in the early nineteen seventies, after a decade of trying to find a link between visual art
and music. The connection was finally found by joining color to the musical notes attributed to Pythagoras, and by using an ancient description of mathematical ratios in a two-dimensional matrix (known as "the Lambdoma") which unites the harmonics of musical intervals. An artist is free to step over boundaries in ways that mathematicians, scientists or other disciplinarians cannot. Viewing from the outside provides an entirely different perspective often revealing overlooked or unexplored avenues. This work thus became a foundation upon which to construct visual representations of relationships. In turn this leads to other areas to potentially explore possibility and probability. Much ended in fantasy, much in fact. To separate the two is not the purpose of this work. To open the doors of the mind to imagination and exploration is a greater challenge. After all much of what we take for granted today was revolutionary or heretical thought at one time. {i.e. Jules Verne's "Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers" ( 1870: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) and "De la Terre a la Lune" (1865: From the Earth to the Moon) foretold of the submarine and man on the moon}. One reviewer of this book commented:

"These are the illustrations for a new text in physics which has not yet been written".

After the drawings had been completed, narrative was prepared in an attempt to describe imaginative thought processes of the artist while drawing. They
read somewhat like a stream of consciousness, sometimes unearthly, dream like, a translation from sound to sight by way of a sort of metaphysical mathematics. Of the four sections in this book the drawings from "Start, Stop, and Think" were displayed in a solo art exhibition at Max Protetch's Gallery in Washington, D.C. At that exhibition a flutist played the drawings, translating sight to sound. Consequently scores were subsequently written for "Start, Stop, and Think" and "The Other Side of Art". These scores were recoded on a moog and mini-moog at Robert Ceely's "BEEP Studio", in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Cassettes of these two productions are part of the audio catalog of Strawberry Hill Farm Studios and may be purchased separately. Alas, the section called "Theories and Queries" was not scored because of the tedious nature of setting each note to its specific frequency on a sine wave generator in order to record the more perfect harmonic pitch of each note, most of which were not related to our familiar western scale.





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