Rosslyn Chapel's Musical Cubes: The Rosslyn Motet

Hi Gang.

My article, "The Rosslyn Motet: What the Mainstream Media Didn't Tell You about the Chapel's Musical Cubes," has just been published in Atlantis Rising magazine #65, downloadable for a small fee from .

The article will eventually, as is my usual practice, be freely readable on my website at -- but that won't be until a few months from now. The story of the Rosslyn Motet that traveled like wildfire around the globe during the first couple of weeks in May, as many of you will recall, was woefully deficient -- probably because a few very well-respected news outlets ran the story verbatim, without feeling the need to do at least a modicum of investigative journalism to make the story partially their own. The news business has certainly changed in recent years.

Today's News Beast, it seems, has become so voracious that there is no time to check the quality of sh*t that's shoveled, daily, into its mouth. Headlines are everything, I guess.

In any case, here are the first four paragrphs of my article:


On April 30, 2007, Scotland’s newspaper of record, The Scotsman, published a short article headlined “Musical Secret Uncovered in Chapel Carvings,” about a father-and-son team of Edinburgh musicians, Tommy and Stuart Mitchell, who claimed to have “found a secret piece of music hidden in carvings at Rosslyn Chapel.” It was, Stuart said, like finding a “compact disc from the 15th century.”

Two weeks later, after the story had been picked up by the BBC, the AP and Reuters wire services, such high-profile newspapers as the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and the enthusiastic participation of internet bloggers everywhere, the Scotsman article had circumnavigated the globe, just in time for the May 18 world premier of the musical piece the Mitchells had titled “The Rosslyn Motet,” performed in the chapel that The Da Vinci Code had made famous.

Despite the fact that when the final notes of the Motet had been played the chapel had resisted, contrary to the expectations of many, giving up even one of its long-speculated secrets, the commercial success of the composition had been assured, and the product made available to shoppers around the world. Three more performances of the piece were quickly scheduled at Rosslyn and, by month’s end, a Google search of “Rosslyn Motet” netted an astounding 17,300 hits.

But the story about the discovery, already dubbed “The Holy Grail of Music” by the Mitchells, themselves, was not a new one, and was far from complete ...


I have just posted the bulk of the above as a reply to Greg's kind announcement of the availability of Atlantis Rising #65. His post, and my response, can be read at the following link, for those who are interested. I'm thinking that there might be some comments made, there, that will not appear here, so I'm cross-linking.

All Best!