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MICHAEL RIVERSONG PASSED AWAY. 

It is with sad hearts and yet glad Spirits that we inform you our dear friend and colleague Michael Riversong made his transition into the Next Life about 7:00 on Saturday, June 20th.  After devoting much of his time to creating peace and healing in the world, he is now at Peace and totally Healed! 

His transition was very peaceful, even joyful.  His roommate Jim was there and saw Michael look up at the ceiling and then joyfully, exuberantly holler “Yay!”  Jim went to the restroom and heard Michael holler even louder “Yay!” a second time.   He said that when he got out of the restroom, Michael had taken his last breath.  One of their caregivers, Christina, was in the hall at the time and also heard Michael loudly and happily shout “Yay!   Yay!”  When she entered the room, she could tell his Spirit had left.  She told me “it was one of the most peaceful deaths I’ve seen.”  So we have every reason to believe that he was very happy to see the Angels and Guides who came to escort him to Heaven.

Many of his closest friends were with him from Wednesday on as he gradually transitioned, and he received many blessings and prayers.  His daughter Rhianna spent the afternoon with him.  Dr. Vickie arrived shortly after his passing and administered Last Rites in several different faiths, and other friends came later and prayed over him. 

His Memorial service will be at the Fort Collins Mennonite Church sometime in the next two weeks, and Pastor Steve will be making the arrangements.  We’ll post the date and time as soon as it’s set. 

Below is a photo of him playing his harp at the 2010 Hour For Peace.  It was on the front page of the Coloradoan.

“Michael was one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with, a great scientist, and a wonderful teacher,” Dr. Vickie said.  “He left this world an amazing body of research, writings, and beautiful music, along with Tesla Academy, and three wonderful children.   We shall do our best to carry on his work.”

His books and music will continue to be sold through Balsiger Media.

OBITUARY OF MICHAEL DORAN RIVERSONG

Michael Riversong made a peaceful transition into the Next Life at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, June 20th at Oakridge Assisted Living Facility in Fort Collins after battling severe Diabetes and its complications for many years.  The days before his passing, Halcyon provided Hospice care, and he was visited and prayed for by many close friends and relatives.  Just before he took his last breath, he looked up at the ceiling and joyfully exclaimed, “Yay!  Yay!”  A fellow resident was guided to play one of his harp CDs at the time, and a caregiver said, “It was one of the most peaceful deaths I’ve seen.”  After devoting much of his life to creating peace and healing in the world, he is now at Peace and completely Healed!

He was born Michael George Doran on February 22, 1952, in Denver, Colorado, to Phyllis Marie Dierksen and George Joseph Doran.  As a child, he was curious about everything and a voracious reader, a habit he kept throughout his life.  He was an exceptional student, graduating with honors from Thornton High School in 1970.  In 1974, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Chinese Language, Anthropology, and Religious Studies.  And then there was his music!

Michael came from a family of musicians, and his father played in the Cheyenne-based band “Jimmy Woodard and the Riders of the Western Plains”.  He started out playing drums at the age of eight and guitar when he was 12.  As he got older, he learned to play several types of reed instruments, and later, the harp, for which he is most famous.  His father gave him the equivalent of a master’s degree in music at home:  theory, harmony, composition, and of course, performance.  In 1982, he began intensive research into the health effects of music, which culminated in his creating the “7 Keys to Health” album series and guidebook.

In 1984, he chose his professional last name of “Riversong” and emerged as a multi-talented recording artist who performed throughout North America and Europe until the late-2000s when his health began failing.  During that time, he released more than 30 albums of original music on which he played four different harps, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, balalaika, Appalachian dulcimer, steel guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion, recorders, and several Native American flutes.  Most of his music was created for healing, well-being, meditation, and worship.  True to his Irish father, he also released several albums of Celtic music.  He contributed music scores to several video productions, and created a website called “Biblical Bards”, www.biblicalbards.org.  A bard is a community resource person who integrates the arts of history, healing, and music in the service of humanity.  But then, almost everything Michael did was in the service of humanity!  During his lifetime, he performed for countless churches, civic groups, conferences, health societies, scientific organizations, and the Northern Colorado Observances of the International Hour For Peace.  The below photo is him playing his Celtic harp at the 2010 Hour For Peace; it was on the front page of the Coloradoan.

Michael was also a scientist and an electrician.  He got involved in broadcasting in 1976, and worked at several radio and TV stations over the next few years.  In 1980, he began working in the solar energy business until 1984 when he started a microcomputer business.  He also became involved with the International Tesla Society, which eventually led to writing a number of scientific articles on physics and meteorology.  His expertise in Chinese language led him to become an expert in Feng Shui, the Chinese art of creating balance and harmony in the arrangement of rooms and buildings.  In 1990, he began doing environmental surveys that covered every aspect of home and commercial environments as they affect health and well-being, including ergonomics, design, electromagnetism and air quality.  In 1993, he became certified as an Environmental Building Inspector from the International Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology.

In 1996, his book “Design Ecology” was published by Borderland Sciences Research Foundation.  He also published books on Environmental Therapy, Fundamentals of Geobiology, Fundamentals of Harmonic Chemistry, Cultural Geometry, and Essential Logic.  In 2006, he founded “Tesla Academy” in order to provide knowledge about environmental health, advanced energy research, alternative energy sources, logic, and music to the general public.  Visit www.TeslaAcademy.info for more information about his nonprofit organization.

Pursuing his passion for learning and sharing knowledge and wisdom, Michael served as a substitute teacher in the Cheyenne Public Schools from 2002 until 2014 when his health forced him into Assisted Living.  His broad background enabled him to teach Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Math, Reading, English, Spanish, French, Physical Education, Health, Special Education, and of course, Music.  He divided his time between Cheyenne and Northern Colorado, and was a member of both Cheyenne Brethren Church and Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship.

Michael is preceded in death by his mother and father, George and Phyllis Doran.  He is survived by his sister Alison Doran of Laytonville, CA; his daughter Rhianna Walorski of Larkspur, CO; and two sons, Verdi Riversong (15) and Bear Riversong (12), of New Scotland, NY.  His loss will be felt by thousands of friends and fans all over the world who loved his music, books, scientific papers, kind heart, and humble, generous spirit. 

His Memorial service will be at the Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship sometime during the weekend of August 28-30, and Memorials can be sent to the church at 300 East Oak, Fort Collins, CO  80521.  Make checks to “Ft Collins Mennonite Fellowship” with “Michael Riversong” in the memo line.  You can also post tributes on his Facebook page, which will include updates about his memorial service and other information.

His books, tapes, and CD’s are available for sale through Balsiger Media Enterprises, 970 663-3820, www.balsigermedia.com/michaelriversong.html .

One of his closest friends stated, “Michael was one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with, a great scientist, an exceptional teacher, and a kind, generous soul who desperately wanted to do good in the world.  He left an amazing body of research, writings, and beautiful, inspirational music, along with Tesla Academy and three wonderful children.  We shall do our best to carry on his work and his legacy.”

 

 

 Michael Riversong

Michael Riversong graduated from the University of Colorado in 1974 with a degree in Chinese language, Anthropology, and Religious Studies. In 1982 he began intensive research into health effects of music, which culminated in his creating the 7 Keys to Health album series and guidebook. He has released more than 30 albums of original music on harp, guitar, drums, mandolin, steel guitar, and several other instruments, and contributed music scores to several video productions. Mr. Riversong has performed almost constantly throughout North America since his emergence as a recording artist in 1984. He has also worked in Europe. Performance venues have included churches, civic groups, conferences, health societies, scientific organizations, and many other. He is equally adept at stage and background music performances. In 1996 his book Design Ecology was published by Borderland Sciences Research Foundation. In 2006 he founded Tesla Academy in order to provide knowledge about advanced energy research, environmental health, music and logic to the general public.

Websites:
www.biblicalbards.org
www.teslaadaceny.info

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 What a fellow musician has to say about Michael Riversong . . .

"Michael is one of the most talented and versatile musicians I've ever worked with.   He's an amazing harpist, and performs on four different harps:  a big concert harp, a Celtic harp, a small regular harp, and a little Angel harp.  He's an excellent rhythm guitar player and holds his own on steel guitar, banjo, flute, keyboards, and percussion.   I'm very grateful for everything he's contributed to my demo CD, and certainly couldn't have done it without him!  

In addition to being a great musician, he's also a kind, honest, trustworthy individual with integrity and ethics.  Like me, he does his music and his work "as unto the Lord", not for money, fame or power.  

There are a lot of talented people out there who lack character and integrity, and who do their music or their work primarily for external gain.  I will never work with those folks.   I shall continue to work with Michael and other local musicians who share my  values of doing music that enlightens, inspires and empowers people, and that makes this world a better, more beautiful place." -- Dr. Vickie (Check out our Bio Page and Dr. Vickie's Webpage to learn more about her wonderful talents!)

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 Celtic Gospel music is primarily instrumental,
in praise of our Creator.
Extended Classical is
drawn from folk traditions worldwide, following the established harmonic rules of European Classical music.

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Music is a powerful force. It can act on the physical universe, including complicated structures within the human body. That's why for thousands of years the idea of using music to assist in healing has existed in almost all cultures. However, no one should ever depend on music entirely for any kind of therapeutic effect. There are many things that can affect how music works for any individual, including environmental and unconscious factors. It is highly unlikely that any of these songs could cause harm, but there can be no absolute guarantees in this universe. Careful engineering has gone into these. If they work, keep using them, and if not, discontinue. There are always many approaches to any situation. Feel free to share these songs with friends.  Just make sure that the contact information is kept with them.  Thanks for your interest!

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 Tesla Academy
Tesla Academy supplies educational materials to assist in your research. We are a nonprofit organization, so no sales taxes are due in the USA. Donations are tax deductible -- receipts will be mailed so please provide a postal address. If there is anything you would like to see here, please contact us. Thanks for being part of this adventure! 

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 Videos by Michael Riversong
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3-Dimensional Music Theory 

Our whole music system was created by Pythagoras in ancient Greece and included specific health related components. Here are the secrets to learning how the system works, including revolutionary physical models of the scales which increases understanding tremendously. This unique video is useful for all music students from age 12 up, and all instruments. (Click on the title to view the video)

How Telsa Technology Can Help Create World Peace and Prosperity 

Nikola Tesla was possibly the greatest inventor of all time. This video provides an overview of his life and work, including the reasons why most people don't know more about him. Tesla believed that it would be possible to create energy virtually free for all people in the world, and received several patents toward such a system before his work was stopped by ruthless bankers. (Click on the title to view the video)

Summer 2011 Research Advances 

Electricity can be harmlessly transmitted without wires, and it is possible to charge batteries using very little power. See how these processes work, and how anyone can get involved in significant technological advances. Customarily these things are not covered in major media, but they are real and represent the building blocks of a much better future.  (Click on the title to view the video)


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  Complete Discography of Albums by Michael Riversong 

This is the only complete listing of these works. All titles are available as CDs or custom-made cassettes unless otherwise noted. All albums were either recorded at a home studio or at:
        Audio Park Productions, WheatRidge, Colorado, 
        Park Peters, Engineer (303) 456-6122. 
        All albums are all instrumental unless otherwise noted.

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 JOYS OF AMBIENT MUSIC

(c)2009 by Michael Riversong

Music is used for many purposes. Most people are familiar with concert settings, where every note has been carefully rehearsed beforehand, all the arrangements are tight, and plenty of practiced showmanship is evident. Other uses include small gatherings such as weddings, initiation ceremonies, and banquets. Specific musical healing sessions are known throughout much of the world, but are still somewhat rare in America and Western Europe.

Then there is background music. In India this idea was from ancient times well known among the wealthiest people. A formal classical style evolved using normally 3 or 4 musicians who performed by improvisation within set structures. These ensembles could supply backgrounds to almost any activity according to ancient rules of harmony and timing. Audiences often consisted of less than 10 people. This has become one notable tradition of ambient music, which means that it is specifically designed to be an enhancement to an environment and not a focus of attention.

Throughout most of human history, most music has been made up on the spot for the occasion. This applies to many diverse forms, styles, moods, tempos, and ethnicities. Written music with clear, strict structure that's played the same way every time is relatively rare. In Europe, written music has only been around in its present form for about 500 years. There is a European tradition of improvised ambient music known as "Chamber Music" which dates back to the 1200s and possibly earlier. After around 1600 much of that form became written just like orchestral and choral pieces.

Sometimes notation left from ancient systems is cryptic and incomplete. In these cases it is usually impossible to know whether these were part of some formal structure, or frameworks for improvisation, much like American jazz 'fake books'. These are large books filled with usually illegal versions of simple sheet music which are specifically intended for improvisation.

Historically most ambient music was either fully or partially improvised. An exception was the "Mood Music" or "Easy Listening" genre popular in America and Western Europe from the 1930s through the mid-80s. This particular genre can be traced directly to orchestral chord forms pioneered by Debussy (1862-1918) and other French composers of the late 1800s. As Big Band music developed in America, a few bands turned to these formats as the basis of their work. They were noted for unusually strict arrangements as compared to most groups of the time. Examples were Guy Lombardo from Canada, Paul Whiteman from Colorado, Frank Mills from Germany, and Stanley Black from England. Eventually Easy Listening music encompassed arrangements of source material from many ethnic traditions. Its formats and customs are present in most areas of this planet now in one form or another.

Beginning in the 1970s with pioneers such as Steven Halpern, Constance Demby, Tangerine Dream, Keith Jarrett, and Dean & Dudley Evenson, another type of ambient music developed. This was commonly called "New Age", a generic term that most people despised. Other terms suggested and sometimes used for this genre include "Adult Alternative", “Space Music”, and "Extended Classical". Now, most music programmers simply prefer the term "Ambient", which is how it can most easily be found on the Internet.

Rules for contemporary ambient music are strict, just like those for any other genre. Dissonance is rarely used. Heavy rhythms are also rare. Melodic and harmonic structures can be derived from almost any ethnic background worldwide. Improvisation around themes is possible but not always necessary. Most performances are by soloists or ensembles with less than 5 members.

Computers are often used in contemporary ambient music. By using computers, it is possible for a soloist to create richly layered textures. Examples of solo performers who use computers extensively are Vangelis and Ray Lynch. Some musicians such as Steven Halpern will use computer backgrounds and improvise over them in live performances. The use of computers has spawned a specialty of Tone Coloring which is more deeply explored in other works. This means the study and application of electronic parameters to shape musical tones for specific purposes and effects.

Some people find contemporary ambient music annoying because melodies can be indistinct and underlying structure is often subtle. Others find these same characteristics to be relaxing. Many experiments have determined that this type of music has many specific uses in healing practice, ranging from massage therapy all the way to treating people in comas. In any event, it is clear that contemporary ambient music has many uses and draws upon long and solid historical foundations.

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 MUSIC, SCIENCE, AND PEACE
By Michael Riversong
September 11, 2010

Music operates very much like the way our universe actually works.

From a scientific perspective, we find that the force of resonance could be considered a master force that affects the operation of all other forces. This means that resonant phenomena can be found affecting gravity, atomic molecular attraction, the strong nuclear force, and electromagnetism.

For example, we know that within the range of frequencies we see as light, there's a rainbow of colors. Recently it has been discovered this same rainbow can be found repeating itself throughout the entire electromagnetic spectrum. In other words, a set of frequencies within the band of X-rays will exhibit similar characteristics to those of the visible light rainbow. Another set of frequencies within the band of radio will also exhibit those same characteristics. All of these can be represented and illustrated by musical harmonics.

This goes much farther, and it is not just an analogy. Frequencies operate the same way within all observable natural phenomena, and can be illustrated through musical scales and harmonics. This has been known for a very long time. We see it especially in the musical and mathematical systems developed by Pythagoras 2,600 years ago. It could be said that most or all of the great achievements of ancient Greece rested on the foundation built first by the Bard Homer and then refined objectively by Pythagoras.

We also see harmonics when observing levels of human consciousness, which have been put into charts by Dr. David Hawkins and others in recent years. The power of music to stimulate the raising or lowering of consciousness has been well known for much of human history. Societies who systematically ignored these characteristics did not last very long and left behind many mysteries. Those that seriously cultivated music, such as the Greeks, Chinese, and Hindus, left behind remarkable achievements visible and useful today.

There is music to match every level of human consciousness. For example, apathy can be found represented by the nearly extinct Brazilian tribe called Trumai. It can also be found in a few urban music pieces within the genre of graph. We all have heard many rock and country songs that demonstrate covert hostility, the level of consciousness involving a constant obsession with desire. Anger is found in much early Heavy Metal, and also in the songs of Phil Spector who eventually killed someone. Marches such as the “Horst Wessel Song” can stimulate the dangerous expansion of pride. All of these examples are in the lower ranges of consciousness which trend toward violence and then death.

In higher consciousness we can find music that gently, beautifully, and effectively brings up any listener’s levels individually or in groups. In many cases, including Mozart and Beethoven, music was composed that was much higher than the average consciousness of the composer himself. Hildegard von Bingen managed to compose music which literally brings people into the ranges inhabited by beings we call Angels, even after 1,000 years.

This is all in accordance with the overall expansive and positive nature of the universe, which many scientists are now discovering as the principles of self-organization found in all living systems. All higher consciousness will tend to promote objective, active peace and the flourishing of life. In fact, plants and animals demonstrably grow well when Classical music is played around them.

Another demonstration of this principle is that whenever American schools cut funding for art and music programs, violence increases. When those programs restored, the level of violence consistently goes down and peace is restored to the school. This alone demonstrates the essential role of music in education. It has been known for a long time that the study of music tends to promote the development of all other study skills.

Further information, along with many free music samples, can be found at the web site:
www.biblicalbards.org

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