"Paint It Black" Played One Note at a Time on Eight Pianos in Sequence

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This clever piece of video editing by Abandoned Rugs shows eight people playing "Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones. Each player is on a different piano and is responsible for only one note. The shots flick back and forth between the different players as each note of the song is played. -via The Mary Sue

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This song means something to me and reflects St. John of the Cross' "Dark Night of the Soul" or the first phase of alchemical transfiguration; Nigredo

'the nigredo of the process of individuation on the other hand is a subjectively experienced process brought about by the subject's painful, growing awareness of his shadow aspects'. - Ashton, Brink p. 231

'the darkest time, the time of despair, disillusionment, envious attacks; the time when Eros and Superego are at daggers drawn, and there seems no way forward...nigredo, the blackening'. - Christopher Perry, in P. Young-Eisendrath/T. Dawson eds., The Cambridge Companion to Jung (Cambridge 1977) p. 152-3

In darkness and secure,
By the secret ladder, disguised
-- oh, happy chance! --
In darkness and in concealment,
My house being now at rest. - St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel

It also relates to similar phases of spiritual development in other traditions:

"The Christian maps, the Sufi maps, the Buddhist maps of the Tibetans and the Theravada, and the maps of the Khabbalists and Hindus are all remarkably consistent in their fundamentals. (…) These maps, Buddhist or otherwise, are talking about something inherent in how our minds progress in fundamental wisdom that has little to do with any tradition and lots to do with the mysteries of the human mind and body." - Ingram, Daniel M. (2007) Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, Third Edition
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