Integral Oratorio

Unitas Multiplex is the first ever Integral Oratorio.

Steve has just finished composing it (April 2019). He started work on in October 2013.  He is now aiming towards a World Premiere, hopefully in 2020.

Here is a 3 minute video of Steve introducing Unitas Multiplex to participants at the Integral Europe Conference, May 2018  Scroll down the page to listen to some of the oratorio and read about it.

Unitas Multiplex follows the line of sacred music for choir, soloists and orchestra, from Spem in Alium, by Thomas Tallis, to Handel’s Messiah, and all the ‘Requiem’s – Fauré, Mozart, Verdi, Karl Jenkins, and so on… But it is completely new. It breaks entirely new ground. Because it is Integral. Unitas Multiplex means ‘unity-in-diversity’, which is a motto for the Integral vision (see Ken Wilber,  ‘One Taste’).  The oratorio expresses integral forms, including integral spirituality, the transcendent unity of religions, human beings as evolution-in-action, holarchy, the spectrum of consciousness, the fundamental unity of humanity, and of humanity with the earth, and with the Kosmos. And it draws the listener in to profound experiences – both individually and collectively – of our deepest nature, as Spirit, eternally now, and as evolution-in-action. The oratorio inspires us to be all we can be as human beings; to open our hearts to the inevitable pain of a human life, and to experience the joy that comes when we awaken from the confounding illusion of separateness.  We are unique, wonderfully diverse, beings. And we are one… Unitas Multiplex.

World Premiere in 2020 – Invitation for Support

Steve is intending for the World Premiere of this piece to be in 2020.  It is about 1 hour 20 minutes in total; though sections, or individual movements, can be performed separately.

If you are excited about this pioneering Integral music, and would like to play a part in a little piece of history, by supporting Steve in seeing Unitas Multiplex through to its World Premiere, please email Steve (steve@stevebanks.info), and he will keep you posted on ways you can be involved (from the small – simply saying you support the project, or offering a small donation is a big help  – to the more substantial – becoming a Patron of the World Premiere, or a partner organisation). Click here for more about support and funding.

Listen to Unitas Multiplex, and read more about it

If you would like to listen to the whole piece, please email Steve (Steve ‘at’ stevebanks.info) and he will send you a link to a private web page.

Below are mp3’s of a number of movements, with synthesised orchestra, but with a few live professional singers singing the solo parts, and a representation of the choir. Scroll down further for PDF’s with the lyrics, and more detailed background about the piece.

Evolution 5 maps 13.8 billion years of evolution onto 5 minutes of music. The choir comes in on the last semi-quaver of the last bar, representing the approximately 1 million years of humanity’s existence. The piece is intended as a kind of meditation: you are invited to focus your awareness on the understanding that the entirety of evolution is enfolded within you; that, although in one sense your age dates from your emergence from your mother’s womb, in another, real, sense, you are the same age as the universe.

Anamnesis (‘unforgetting’). A setting of text by Ken Wilber, with additions by Steve, from the section ‘Anamnesis’ in Wilber’s book ‘One Taste‘. This 20 minute movement represents the levels of consciousness from the primitive, pre-rational, through rational to the trans-rational, including ‘Integral’ and beyond, to ‘causal’ and ‘one taste’.

Blue Pearl. A song where the earth is ‘speaking’ to humankind. The song affirms that humans are one with the earth, breaking down (illusory) subject-object duality.

Sex. In a spiritual work… !? How can that be?! Spirituality has for far, far too long involved a denial of the body and sexuality. That casts a great shadow, the painful results of which we see all over the modern world. But an integral spiritual path *embraces* sex. At the heart of the integral model is ‘transcend and include’. Spirituality has been all about transcending. Now it is time to transcend and include. So this movement of the oratorio joyously celebrates sex. Using the Spectrum Of Consciousness model (as portrayed in ‘Anamnesis’), Sex can be approached with the Eye of Flesh – physical pleasure, the Eye of the Heart – an act of love, and the Eye of Spirit – a gateway to the divine.

Be Still. A song inviting a meditative state.

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There are PDF’s of draft vocal scores below. And there are PDF text documents:

  • Lyrics
  • Background to the piece (for someone who has not come across Ken Wilber and the Integral Model before)
  • Background to the piece for someone with knowledge of the Integral Model

*** NB: THESE RECORDINGS, SCORES AND TEXT DOCUMENTS ARE ALL SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT. DO NOT COPY OR REPRODUCE THEM IN ANY WAY. ***

mp3 files

Evolution 5 (5 minutes):

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Anamnesis (19 minutes. Anamnesis follows straight on from Evolution 5:

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Blue Pearl (6 minutes):

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Sex (6 minutes)

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Be Still (5 minutes, with short silence at end).

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Text documents

LyricsUnitas Multiplex – Lyrics – 25.04.19

Background to the piece (if you are not familiar with the Integral Model): UM – About the piece, for non-integral listener D 28.11.18.  This is an out-of-date document, to be replaced soon. But in the meantime it will give you an idea about the piece.

Background to the piece (if you are familiar with the Integral Model): UM – About the piece, for integral listener H 26.04.19