From Organic Design wiki

Spectrum is a global shared tree of cycles into which events can be associated, these time-oriented containers are called moments. The shared tree of time is the essence of how many node spaces join to become part of the whole nodal network. The time-tree is maintained by two fundamental nodal organisations, Communications and Identity. Schedule is the peer interface to this global time aspect of the network.


In the nodal model, the spectrum is the set of nodes which represent common frequencies used by the network such as minutes or days (spectral nodes). The spectrum is globally available and accurately synchronised with every other instance, so that all the frequencies are shared. Spectrum is one of the nodal concepts making up the fundamental generic organisation concept which is the basic building block of all processes and functionality in the network.


As well as the specific frequency nodes created to match our own units of time, the network creates new frequencies which are harmonics of the existing ones. This is because the loops of spectral nodes rotate one position for each cycle of the frequency, thus creating a new harmonic depending on the number of nodes in the loop.

This frequency-based rotation is a continuing outward to larger scales and longer cycles of the local rotating node space into the global nodal network.


In the nodal model, all changes made to a node space (and therefore all change in the whole nodal network) occurs through nodal reductions rotation of loops and execution of functions in those loops items. Large processes of high level applications and organisations are formed from many levels of loops, and these higher levels rotate at the frequencies defined in spectrum such as seconds, minutes, months etc.

Frequencies which are in use form a sequence of nodes, each relating to a specific cycle of the frequency during which changes to the node space occured. These ongoing cycles form a tree of time made up of harmonic cycles. All changes to the node space are associated with the current point in the time tree.

Future and past

As real time moves on, so spectrum raises events and the tree of time expands, the changes which were hooked in to the current cycle-node in the time tree become the past. Nodes can also be associated with periods in the future so that they will be nodally reduced when their associated cycle-nodes become the present.


The higher cycles of seconds, minutes, days, months etc and their various harmonics are already included in the root structure, but they play an important role in the low-level conceptual structure as well. Each cycle is a node which represents a discrete point on the dimension called spectrum. The current-loop associated to each of these cycle-nodes are the processes which occur when it happens, ie they're the listeners of the event. The is achieved by the loop being unhooked from the cycle-node and hooked in to the currently reducing context. The last item in the loop hooks the loop back into the cycle-node, so that each "client" process has begun.

The methods of spectrum are an interface between the local nodal cycle range and the environment specific integration with time. Each local cycle within spectrum exhibits a loop of which is hooked in to nodal reduction each time it activates, and hooked back in to the cycle again when all the recipients have been reduced.

See also & notes

  • Harmonics form containment in the time domain because child periods never overlap their parent periods
  • Scale independence (referring to cycles relatively)
  • Conceptual Space