Sherlock looking at John:
I am enamoured even by the way your fingers move, the way the light plays on your skin, with your hair and your smile and your laughter, with your voice, and how you get around things you love, with your humour,
okay i really REALLY REALLY need a plot where a drug dealer and a stripper fall in “love”. like they’ll a be bad ass couple and always have sex and get high and do everything that’s illegal. but also angsty bc they’re both alphas and it’s all very complicated as fuck bc they don’t wanna talk about feelings but they have to. and he’ll get jealous at times bc she’s stripping for other men so as soon as she’s done with her show he’ll fuck her somewhere in the back and makes her scream she’s his. and he’ll be on the streets all night to sell his drugs and she’ll be like where the fuck have you been, your not seeing other girls right? so basically just very toxic and smutty and much more omg plsss!
So I was thinking about all the different ways music could be used in spell writing.. and coming up with meaningful correspondences is fun but what if it was something more formulaic? Like something along the lines of sigil making.
A spell could be as simple as a motif. It doesn’t have to be a full piece with complicated details. It could be just a few notes you would hum to yourself because they have meaning to you and they resonate a certain energy with you.
One idea I have is corresponding pitches to the letters of the alphabet.
There are 12 pitches in an octave, so the letters would be divided into 12 groups. For example,
(0) A, M, Y
(1) B, N, Z
(2) C, O
(3) D, P
(4) E, Q
(5) F, R
(6) G, S
(7) H, T
(8) I, U
(9) J, V
(10/t) K, W
(11/e) L, X
or if you would like to stick to a specific scale (let’s use an arbitrary major scale for this example),
(Do) A, H, O, V
(Re) B, I, P, W
(Mi) C, J, Q, X
(Fa) D, K, R, Y
(Sol) E, L, S, Z
(La) F, M, T
(Ti) G, N, U
For these examples I grouped the letters by having the letters follow the notes alphabetically, and then repeat notes when they ran out. But there are many other ways you could group them, for example, you could divide the alphabet by 12 pitches, and have the first 3 letters be pitch 0, the next 3 pitch 1, etc.
So for the actual spell!
This would be similar to sigils in the sense that you can write a sentence, respresenting your intent, and then using the formula, turn those into pitches!
For example, the phrase “I am safe” would be “8 0 0 6 0 5 4” using the first method, or “Re Do La Sol Do La Sol” using the second.
One you have the pitches you can be creative, by adding rhythms (maybe build phrases based on word or sentence lengths?), harmonies, articulation (maybe accents on capital letters?), etc.
I hope this gives peoples some ideas!
(Also if it’s just for small motifs like this, I am willing to do spell requests! And I can have them played or sung in whatever instrument you like!)