I’m doing some light reading of Choreutics. Why? Either I’m trying to punish myself or Space Harmony is the most fascinating field of study ever. Probably both. Once again I am upset about the A and B scales. I can’t put my finger on what exactly is so upsetting about these scales, but there is something deeply disturbing about the perfect symmetry and spatial clarity in these scales. It all seems too convenient, and unbelievable to me that this is the ONLY way to create such harmonic transverse 12 point scales in the Icosahedron. I understand the need for the ordering of inclinations from flat to steep to suspended. A transversal travels from one plane to another cutting or falling through the third plane. I understand the concept of deflecting from the diagonals as a way of blending stability (dimensional pulls) and mobility (diagonal pulls) in the diameters which more closely mirrors true day to day movement as we are almost never purely dimensional or diagonal.
Here is the thing that is upsetting to me: the supremacy in all of Space Harmony for the standard Diagonal Scale that favors rising and falling over other Shaping. When you pick an axis and base the deflections off of the rising and falling Diagonal Scale you get the A right and left and B right and left scales which have beautiful symmetry, are made entirely of transversal, and together contain all of the possible transversals. (A Scale right axis being right back high to left forward low – A Scale left axis being left back high to right forward low – B Scale right axis being left forward high to right back low – B Scale left axis being right forward high to left back low)
BUT if you take the the Diagonal Scale which alternates spreading and enclosing (as found in Point of Departure by Valerie Preston-Dunlop), follow the exact same rules of deflections, order of inclinations, and using three diagonals with a fourth being the axis the scale you come up with doesn’t have any of the lovely qualities that the A and B scales have. It isn’t made entirely of transversals!!! It is infuriating. I believe that the icosahedron is symmetrical, so it shouldn’t matter if we are ordering up/down or right/left with the diagonals we are using to deflect from. Perhaps one of the rules would need to change to yield something harmonious? Perhaps using counter-order transversals? (ex. back low to right high instead of right high to back low)
My logic must be wrong somewhere along the way. Perhaps the fact that the human body’s dimensions are primarily vertical with secondary and tertiary dimensions being horizontal and sagittal means that the up/down Diagonal Scale yields more harmonious scales when deflected. Do we really rise and fall MORE THAN we spread and enclose or advance and retreat? Behaviorally not necessarily.
I’m not sure how to wrap this up beyond saying that every time I read or look at notation for the A and B scales I pick up a pen and frantically scribble several pages worth of space symbols in an attempt to create something comparable, and it just doesn’t seem to exist. If I find it, I will certainly let the world know.