The “cosmos” is the universe regarded as an orderly system; the opposite of chaos. The philosopher Pythagoras was probably the first to use the term cosmos to describe the order of the universe, but the term was not fully embraced until the 19th century Prussian geographer, naturalist, explorer and polymath, Alexander von Humboldt, resurrected it for to his study, “Kosmos”, and influenced the modern (perhaps erroneous) perception of the universe as one interacting entity.
Sometimes it’s hard to accept that there is any unity to the world we live in. Chaos, emptiness, void, chasm, abyss seems to be the defining feature of our current age. The Germans have a word Chaoskampf which roughly translated means the struggle against chaos. In myth and legend, often a hero figure is depicted as battling against the the chaos monster, a creature that takes many forms, often that of a dragon.
All this preamble, is just a way for me to suggest that in some ways music represents a struggle against chaos. Music generally imposes an order on chaos. The violinist Yehudi Menuhin puts it this way:
“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”
Although, many of these concepts tend to be quasi-religious I embrace them in a metaphorical sense. Music is my fight against chaos! For this reason alone I called my latest compilation of music on Mixcloud: “Cosmos”. My tiny struggle to impose meaning on a world that of late seems to have become dark and chaotic.