What is ‘The Adagio’?

What is the Adagio?

  • The Adagio was created specifically to measure the underlying “flow” in music. The Adagio is an entirely new way to experience and visualize music, to assist in performing music (both as a conductor and/or performer), and to provide a whole new approach to music analysis and theory.
  • Since this is a unique one-of-a-kind instrument, unknown to but a few, perhaps it would be useful to initially express to the reader what The Adagio is not:
    • It is NOT tied to rhythm.  In fact, it is almost the antithesis of rhythm, flowing and pushing back against the discreet rhythmic events.
    • It is NOT tied to melody or harmonic content, as “the flow” had no reference to pitch or duration of notes.
    • It DOES reveal and measure an entirely new dimension in music.
  • The Adagio can be used for music analysis. My article Measuring Flow Rate in Music, demonstrates how The Adagio can be used for music composition analysis, and provides an example using Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.
  • The Adagio, with repeated use, can positively affect the viewer psychologically. It has been scientifically validated in a research study conducted at Nova University to activate the right brain hemisphere, and to reduce the stress level in the study’s experimental subjects.  My article, Stress Reduction and Right Brain Hemisphere Activation – a Research Study, provides an overview of this study, and contains a link to the original research document.
  • As a proven “stress reducer”, The Adagio (a.k.a., “Kinescope”, and “Kintron”) may be an effective tool in treating stress related diseases and personality/behavioral disorders, such as:
    • PTSD
    • Heart Disease
    • Asthma
    • Depression and Anxiety
    • Inmate Rehabilitation
    • Substance Abuse
    • And many others
  • Here is an example of The Adagio “flow machine” in action, in this case synchronized with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21:

The Adagio will be used in the Dante Opera in several ways.  James Wilson (inventor of the Adagio), will work with the Dante composer/conductor to ensure the composition and orchestral performance aligns with musical flow.    It is well understood that musicians have a tendency to “rush” the music, i.e., to disrupt the music’s natural flow by over anticipating the next note, measure, or phrase (i.e.,  moving “too quickly” towards some musical cadence or other endpoint).  James and Director Karen Saillant will use the Adagio as a tool to help the Dante performers recognize and eliminate this tendency, and thus help them reach their “peak performance” via an accurate sense of the continuous underlying movement.

The video below gives an overview of the Adagio; research, use in “flow”, and potential usage in the arts.