Ray's Forthcoming Book
For more than a decade, Lynch has
been fully engrossed in a passion which few would have expected.
His intention was to write a book which explored the relationship
of mathematics and music, but the passion behind the intention was
centered in roots and first principles, narrowing the focus to that
of ancient mathematics and Pythagorean tuning theory. Even so, it
soon became clear that despite this intention, Lynch's real commitment
was to connect the dots, wherever they might lead, and they led
him into surprising and unanticipated territory. The book is still
about mathematics, music, and harmonics, but it also explores ancient
cosmology and mythology, the nature of number, metrology, geodesy,
the mathematical constants of physics, human spirituality, the precession
of the equinoxes, human prehistory, and the meaning of what we call
"history." All of which should help to explain why it has taken
so long to finish one book.
The book's title is still being considered,
and the first draft is now in its editing stage, a process vital
to any art form that aspires to be coherent as well as enjoyable
for non-specialists. Lynch has realized that the process and the
obligations involved in writing a book are fundamentally similar
to those involved in composing music. He won't be able to let go
of it until he knows that he can't make it any better.