Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Just had to add the following since it was bugging me so much that I couldn't remember the exact voicing of Scriabin's mystic chord.
Quoting from "Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music":
Mystic Chord: A chord invented by Scriabin, consisting of a series of five fourths:
(c) - (f sharp) - (b flat) - (e') - (a') - (d'')
It forms the harmonic basis of his "Prometheus" (1910), Op.60, and the Seventh Piano Sonata, Op. 64
So without the top G, Kschyschtoff, that would indeed be Scriabin's mystic chord. Also, christoff, the order of the notes is important so switching around the voicing isn't allowed (I'm sure Scriabin did constantly)
Also, does anyone else out there write music also for colour and scent like Scriabin did. If so, what do you use as a basis for the scents. Aleister Crowley's "777" has some wonderful correspondences between scents and planetary attributions, but he wasn't a musician. Perhaps linking together Scriabin's correspondence of pitch to colour (or perhaps the system of Pythagoras) and then utilizing the planetary correspondence of colour to scent might work; although I haven't yet tried this.
666's "777" has
Luna = blue (Camphor, etc)
Mercury = yellow (Styrax, etc)
Venus = green (Rose, etc)
Sol = orange (Cinnamon, etc)
Mars = red (Dragon's Blood, etc)
Jupiter = purple (Lign-Aloes, etc)
Saturn = indigo or black (Sulphur, etc)
but Scriabin didn't really use these exact colours (cf. picture from previous)
Also there are twelve notes so the Astrological correspondences would seem to fit more easily
Aries = red
Taurus = red-orange
Gemini = orange
Cancer = yellow-orange
Leo = gold
Virgo = yellow-green
Libra = green
Scorpio = blue-green
Sagitarius = blue
Capricornus = indigo
Aquarius = purple
Pisces = crimson
One possible interpretation of this would be
c - Aries
c# - Aquarius
d - Leo
d# - Capricornus
e - ?
f - Taurus
f# - ?
g - Gemini
g# - Pisces
a - Libra
a# - Scorpio
b - Sagitarius
which still leaves out Cancer (yellow-orange) and Virgo (yellow-green), the two remaining colours being sky-blue and light-blue!
Does anyone have any information on whether Scriabin left any tables of correspondence between musical pitch and scent? Please let me know of any valid sources. I'm personally not that acquainted with just how much material he left behind in his composition of The Mysterium. I've heard the version that Alexander Nemtin finished and I think the Nemtin is HORRIBLE - Not really Scriabin-esque at all. Also I'm not even sure that Nemtin used incense, etc (ergot?) in his composition. He certainly didn't hang anything from the clouds!!!
Love is the law, love under will.
Let me know if others are interested in pursuing this thread, ... or not! Thanks.
LATER NOTE: After finding the colour wheel while looking for the keyboard diagram...
Now this arrangement makes it EASY!
15 C - Aries - Dragon's Blood
24 C# - Scorpio - Opoponax (or Siamese Benzoin)
17 D - Gemini - Wormwood
26 D# - Capricorn - Musk or Civet
19 E - Leo - Olibanum
29 F - Pisces - Ambergris
22 F# - Libra - Galbanum
16 G - Taurus - Storax
25 G# - Sagitarius - Lign-aloes
18 A - Cancer - Onycha
28 A# - Aquarius - Galbanum
20 B - Virgo - Narcissus
These are from Column XLII (Liber 777) BTW. However, they place some very unusual colour attributions to some of the signs, e.g. Leo as green is way too Venusian for Leo's Solar nature, but then the rest spread out from there. IMNHO, the "fault" with Scriabin's attributes stems from his over-use of blues and purples. They take up much more than half the colour wheel, effectively ripping off the orange, yellow, and green tones. Is anyone familiar with how he came by this arrangement? Was it ergot? Absinthe? or some other revelation? ...
I guess having this forum thread with myself has paid off somewhat already. It would have been nice if the original author of this thread had supplied references to these wonderful sources he/she wanted to share. Nevertheless ... I guess I'll have to explore column XLIII in relation to tonality by myself as well. Maybe IT will give some clue as to Scriabin's sources!