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What Pi Sounds Like

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the bleep-bleep-bloop dept.

Math 178

I've always loved generative music, and this guy used Pi as the basis for his composition. I'm not saying it's as good as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber or something, but it's a great way to get ready for Pi day which is tragically still not a federal holiday. Write your congressman.

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And thank god for that (5, Insightful)

kryptKnight (698857) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424788)

I'm not saying it's as good as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber or something

And thank god for that...

Re:And thank god for that (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424836)

Imagine the love child.

Re:And thank god for that (2, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424918)

That would require that one of the two be male. Looking at the two of them, I'd say it's more likely to be Gaga.

Re:And thank god for that (1)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425424)

That would require that one of the two be male. Looking at the two of them, I'd say it's more likely to be Gaga.

I submit that the unmet requirement is that one be female. Believe it or not, Justin Bieber is male (I know, I forget that sometimes, too), and there is ample internet evidence that Lady Gaga has a penis [google.com].

from TFA (2)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426032)

From TFA:

The most impressive way to not get laid.

Holy crap, I'm doomed!

I turned "Hello World" into an experimental track [soundcloud.com] by translating the phrase into morse code and using it as a synth buzz beat hook...

Re:from TFA (2)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426056)

what's this WHY IS MY FOOT TAPPING OH GOD

Nice beat.

--

Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. And what the hell is wrong with yelling?

Re:And thank god for that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424922)

but it's a great way to get ready for Pi day which is tragically still not a federal holiday.

they are too busy trying to score votes for Democrats by designating Feburary as Black History Month.

i mean fuck i love gangsta thug culture and single moms with six bastard kids from five different fathers (only cuz one birth was twins) and high crime rates in any inner city and welfare and pidgin English and low IQ scores and watermelon and fried chicken and functional illiteracy and the branding of any black person who tries to get ahead as "acting white" or "uncle tom" as much as anybody... but we don't need a whole special month to feel good about that. they are gifts that keep on giving throughout the year.

oh yes and i also love the way you cannot disagree with obama or any other black politician without being branded a racist by idiots who have no real argument. they just pull the race card and declare victory like the smug assholes they are. aint it great?

Re:And thank god for that (0)

DamienRBlack (1165691) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425042)

If your above statements are a sample of your usual tone in arguments, then I'm sorry to say that people aren't using a "race card" when they are taking to you, nor are they being "smug assholes", you actually are a racist. The fact that you went on this tangent on an article about pi is a hint. I'm not really sure what you should do about it, perhaps you should consider actually looking into the data surrounding race relations. It might at least take some of the edge off of your vitriol.

Re:And thank god for that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425228)

If your above statements are a sample of your usual tone in arguments, then I'm sorry to say that people aren't using a "race card" when they are taking to you, nor are they being "smug assholes", you actually are a racist. The fact that you went on this tangent on an article about pi is a hint. I'm not really sure what you should do about it, perhaps you should consider actually looking into the data surrounding race relations. It might at least take some of the edge off of your vitriol.

data surrounding race relations. shall we?

rate of children born out of wedlock (bastards) for blacks: 70%

rate of children born out of wedlock (bastards) for whites: 34%

conclusion: black "fathers" don't care about their own children as much as white fathers.

percentage of US population that is black: 13%

percentage of US prison inmates who are black: 44%

conclusion: blacks are more violent and less law-abiding than whites making them commit a highly disproportionate number of crimes. oh and did you know, about 50% of all black males will be incarcerated by age 30?

that's good for starters. if you want i can also look up data for how they score on standardized tests compared to whites. or their rates of drug abuse and alcoholism compared to whites. or their income levels. or teh fact that a black person who hates white people and uses slurs like "honkey" and "cracka" is socially acceptable while a white person who hates blacks and uses slurs like "nigger" and "coon" is universally shunned. or the fact that people universally believe racism is wrong yet discriminating against white males by affirmative action is not only acceptable it is specifically allowed by law.

for what it's worth i do not think it is because of their skin color. i think they retain and worship a culture of crime and underachievement, glorifying the street thug image. but as long as they do that because they are black and others are not black then it ends up being about race anyway. ever talk to educated black people who work hard and provide for their (intact) families? yeah, when they were growing up and when they studied hard and did well in school do you think the other blacks celebrated that and felt happy for them? no. they called them uncle tom, accused them of acting white, called them traitors. they are their own worst enemies and as long as they keep blaming whitey for all their problems that will never ever change.

Re:And thank god for that (1)

DamienRBlack (1165691) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425512)

The statistics are true, the conclusions are not. You have to look into the other side of the issue. For example, a black person is twice as likely to fail a polygraph than a white person when both are telling the truth. A black person is three times more likely to get jail time than a white person when at court for the same crime, dressed in the same clothes, with the same number and type of priors. A car of white teenagers are twice as likely of having some form of illegal drugs in the car, but a car of black teenagers are six times more likely to get pulled over, and once pulled over, twice as likely to get searched. 28% of white kids binge drink, as opposed to 8% of black youth. 43% of white teenagers have used drugs, but only 37% of Black teenagers have.

When you dig into it, it becomes obvious that the over representation of blacks in prison is do to a large degree from bias prevalent in our justice system, discriminating blacks and other minorities every step of the way. Yes, in some areas there is an anti-system sentiment among some blacks, but if the above inequalities were being aimed at you, wouldn't you also be weary of the system?

Re:And thank god for that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425612)

The statistics are true, the conclusions are not. You have to look into the other side of the issue. For example, a black person is twice as likely to fail a polygraph than a white person when both are telling the truth. A black person is three times more likely to get jail time than a white person when at court for the same crime, dressed in the same clothes, with the same number and type of priors. A car of white teenagers are twice as likely of having some form of illegal drugs in the car, but a car of black teenagers are six times more likely to get pulled over, and once pulled over, twice as likely to get searched. 28% of white kids binge drink, as opposed to 8% of black youth. 43% of white teenagers have used drugs, but only 37% of Black teenagers have.

When you dig into it, it becomes obvious that the over representation of blacks in prison is do to a large degree from bias prevalent in our justice system, discriminating blacks and other minorities every step of the way. Yes, in some areas there is an anti-system sentiment among some blacks, but if the above inequalities were being aimed at you, wouldn't you also be weary of the system?

it's not aimed at me and i am STILL wary of the system. i don't trust any of the assholes in power and never have. so, point taken.

you make a good case for this. problem is what do you do about it?

long as black people hate us and see us as the enemy who's keepin them down none of this will change. long as white people hate them and see them as uncivilized underachievers none of this will ever change. meanwhile this means a handy divide and conquer for the politicians and businessmen. sow the seeds of distrust, play us against each other, take away attention from their exploitation and abuses of power. something has to give. what can be done?

Re:And thank god for that (1)

DamienRBlack (1165691) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425752)

Indeed, that is a good question. What can be done? It does seem that politicians do thrive off of divisions not unity. From a political standpoint, I think voting reform would go a long way to help. Instant Runoff Voting, where voters can vote for a whole list a candidates in a preferred order, seems like it would take a lot of the partisanship bite out of politics. This way we wouldn't have to narrow down the choices between candidate A and B and watch them wrestle to the death. Instead could vote for a wide variety of candidates that aren't all trying to split the country in equal halves. Third parties could run without people worrying about leaching votes from the "big" parties that will "inevitably" win. Negative campaigning would have limited effect, because instead of having only one viable opponent, you might have dozens. Instant Runoff and Single Transferable Vote were tried in many states during the 60s and 70s, but people became nervous that so many third parties and minorities were getting elected and the attempt at voting reform was almost universally repealed out of fear. This won't solve all the problems, but at the political level, I think it is a step in the right direction. End the partisan division by giving people more options.

It is only one tiny fix, and the problem is just to big to address quickly or easily. But perhaps it can move things in the right direction. Best thing I've seen sugested, and even though it is wholly inadequate, at least it is something to work towards.

Re:And thank god for that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425784)

Black people should turn back to where they came from (Africa). It was a mistake to move them from their own lands to here, where they couldn't adapt.

Re:And thank god for that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425472)

Don't feed the klansmen. They've got rationalizations and misinterpreted data to feed their idiocy, just like any other group of racists. You're more likely to get a young earth creationist to understand how stupid their ideas are by suggesting they actually crack open a real science book.

Re:And thank god for that (2)

Sardak (773761) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425010)

No kidding. The song in the video is actually quite pleasant to listen to. I don't think "good" means what the summary writer thinks it means.

Re:And thank god for that (3, Interesting)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425474)

Warning. Shameless plug.

If you're into generated music, then you'll probably like auto-composed tone-matrix music. I just happen to have written a game that does that :)

Do you know John Conway's Game of Life [wikipedia.org]? It's a cellular automata game. I've combined that with a standard tone-matrix interface to create music that essentially breeds new generations of itself.

And, just to make sure that pseudo-chaotic music actually sounds good, I framed everything in a pentatonic scale.

If you're interested, check out Harmonium [slashdot.org] on Xbox 360 Live Indie Games.

Re:And thank god for that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425518)

The correct link is:
Harmonium [unitone.ca]

Re:And thank god for that (1)

Gibbs-Duhem (1058152) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425996)

And here is another example of transcendental numbers in music. This one was created in the early 1970's by Conlon Nancarrow, a composer who essentially created a parallel form of "electronic music" by using heavily modified player pianos instead of electronics. He was born just a little bit too early, but the concepts are extremely similar to what people do in sequencing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXFiq19-KSE [youtube.com]

This one is designed to have two melodies, one in which each measure takes pi inches of player piano roll and the other which takes e inches of player piano roll. The result is two melodies which will never align after the very beginning, using a true e/pi relationship.

Re:And thank god for that (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425040)

He wasn't giving it enough credit. It was much better than Lady Gaga AND Justin Bieber.

Re:And thank god for that (1)

gordo3000 (785698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425070)

that isn't something any composer should consider their high hurdle for artistic success.

Re:And thank god for that (-1, Flamebait)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425154)

What's funny is that it really isn't. I know how you nerds have to have that anti-mainstream stance on everything, though. Otherwise we would only have the lack of hygiene to let the rest of us know you're superior.

Re:And thank god for that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425046)

Yeah, it's much better.

Re:And thank god for that (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425246)

Since Pi is an irrational number, it should sound rather gaga [reference.com]...

Re:And thank god for that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425554)

You don't have to thank me.

Hard n Phirm - Pi (4, Funny)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424802)

I always thought Pi sounded more like this [youtube.com]. But then I used to be on YTMND.

Re:Hard n Phirm - Pi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35426136)

You are correct, sir. Also known as "my cellphone's ringtone."

Any random numbers would produce the same result (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424846)

Any random notes from a clearly defined scale (e.g. C major) paired with triadic chords from the same scale will sound vaguely pleasant.
Thus, this is not "what PI" sounds like as much as it's what C major sounds like.

Re:Any random numbers would produce the same resul (2)

hweimer (709734) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425562)

Any random notes from a clearly defined scale (e.g. C major) paired with triadic chords from the same scale will sound vaguely pleasant. Thus, this is not "what PI" sounds like as much as it's what C major sounds like.

In a similar spirit, I once wrote musical representations of quantum algorithms [quantenblog.net]. I played around with various scales, and it turned out that the best sounding scale actually depended on the algorithm. But then of course the underlying data was not nearly as random as pi.

Re:Any random numbers would produce the same resul (1)

Kaz Kylheku (1484) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425886)

That's kind of like saying that all J. S. Bach themes in C major are the same and you're hearing C major more than Bach. :)

Re:Any random numbers would produce the same resul (1)

Twinbee (767046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426120)

I think his point is that you could pick any complicated number (e, sqrt(2), or a completely random number), and get exactly the same kind of emotional response.

Re:Any random numbers would produce the same resul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35426196)

that's like saying cat /dev/random is the same is find /usr/src | gzip -

Base 7 (2)

immakiku (777365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424852)

Why not base 7 representation of Pi?

Re:Base 7 (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424994)

and why not hex using two octaves?

Re:Base 7 (1)

igny (716218) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425404)

Why didn't they try to play pi in reverse? I tell you, its beginning is beautiful.

I'd say base-12 makes more sense. (3, Informative)

whovian (107062) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425078)

"The twelve-tone equal-tempered scale is the smallest equal-tempered scale that contains all seven of the basic consonant intervals to a good approximation — within one percent."

http://thinkzone.wlonk.com/Music/12Tone.htm [wlonk.com]

Convert pi to base 12:

PI in base_12 = 3.184809493b9186459aaa3a83 (approximation)

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread352234/pg [abovetopsecret.com]

Now play 3.184809493b9186459aaa3a83.... as keyboard notes.

no rhythm involved at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424854)

What he's playing is just a steady stream of quarter notes that get overlaid with straight eighth and sixteenth notes later on. There's absolutely nothing interesting happening from a rhythmic perspective at all. No syncopation, no rests, nothing. Just bars full of quarters, eighths, and sixteenths. Disappointing. You could do a whole lot with pi rhythmically, too.

Re:no rhythm involved at all (2)

Anonymous Cowar (1608865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425138)

What he's playing is just a steady stream of quarter notes that get overlaid with straight eighth and sixteenth notes later on. There's absolutely nothing interesting happening from a rhythmic perspective at all. No syncopation, no rests, nothing. Just bars full of quarters, eighths, and sixteenths. Disappointing. You could do a whole lot with pi rhythmically, too.

So do it

Pi is wrong. (5, Interesting)

pipatron (966506) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424856)

Stop being silly. Perhaps after reading this, you will understand why it's simply retarded to even mention pi: http://tauday.com/ [tauday.com]

Re:Pi is wrong. (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426124)

The electron is never going to have a positive charge, and pi is never going to equal 1/2*tau. What a silly thing to worry about.

Re:Pi is wrong. (1)

black3d (1648913) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426160)

I'm sure it's all accurate and such, but skimming down the page, I couldn't help but be reminded of TimeCube!

I suggest a complete compilation. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424862)

Of the long numbers, not just the irrational ones. That way you could include say, Avogadro's.

Date of Pi Public Holiday (1)

duracelllll (1955030) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424890)

Perhaps March 14 should be given the public holiday for Pi.

Re:Date of Pi Public Holiday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424992)

Perhaps March 14 should be given the public holiday for Pi.

And at 15:00 we could have 92 seconds of silence.

Re:Date of Pi Public Holiday (1)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425032)

I was gonna say, there should be some big celebration on Pi day 2016, but then remembered nobody else writes their dates that way...

Re:Date of Pi Public Holiday (1)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426192)

That was my thought too! Pi Day isn't until 2016! (3/14/16) Or maybe that's the 2000th anniversary of Pi Day.

Of course 3/14/1593 was a good day also. And 3/1/416.

Re:Date of Pi Public Holiday (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425932)

Given the state of education and the sophistication of the unwashed masses as whole, I would say the only result would be vastly increased sales for CoCo's and Marie Calender restaurants.

What about Mole Day? (1)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424942)

Well if we are gonna be writing our congressman about adding Pi day as a holiday we should definitely write about Mole day! 10-23

Re:What about Mole Day? (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425684)

Not a bad idea for a day but I'd suggest we're probably best off by agreeing on advocating just one day of constant celebration and focus our energy on that one, and I think Pi day is more likely to happen.

Why Pi? It's simpler to grasp as a mathematical concept (remember- we're talking about lawyers here...), and it's taught at a rather early grade in geometry so we can use it to advance math and science education.

It's better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35424962)

than Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. His arrangement is musically more interesting and artistic, and it exhibits much more originality and creative thought. And it plain sounds better.

Re:It's better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425800)

You're so original! Thanks for being the 30th person trying to sound above it all to post this same sentiment.

It doesn't exhibit more originality and creative thought - they took the digits of pi, and said "each digit = a specific note," and then they proceeded to play those notes.

What, exactly, is creative about playing a random sequence of quarter notes in one octave with no variation in rhythm, volume, or duration?

I don't particularly like Lady Gaga, but I'll take this [youtube.com] over "pi on a keyboard" any fucking day. At least with Lady Gaga, maybe you can spend a couple minutes dancing with a woman. With Pi, you're pretty much guaranteed to be dancing with yourself, and that just leaves you alone in the dark with Cheetos-stained fingers.

...really.. (1)

Nocturnal Deviant (974688) | more than 3 years ago | (#35424972)

I'm not saying it's as good as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber or something

And I am not saying this is news...when did slashdot become blogger...

If you like this then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425058)

The Microsound mailing list has had an (almost) annual project based on:
this project is dedicated to the transcendental number pi
using pi, .microsound list members composed pieces that use the number/concept in some direct way. Also, pieces needed to be exactly 3:14 min, and use pi as a formula for their title.
These are the results, released 3.14 (Pi Day)

You can listen to the submitions at: www.microsound.org/projects/

Write your congressman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425140)

OK, I will.

"Your congressman".

What did that achieve?

I think you meant "write to your congressman".

Re:Write your congressman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425350)

I think they know how to use an indirect object in English; apparently you don't. Now bugger off.

South Australia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425180)

In South Australia, this is a public holiday! Though those not in the know call it Adelaide Cup Day or some non-sense.

Alas, this prevents me taking square pies to work that day.

Re:South Australia (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425456)

In South Australia, "this" would be 31 April? I'm sure that would be employers' favourite public holiday.

"The most impressive way to not get laid." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425224)

Is what the comment made by the Collegehumor poster. I think it needs to be repeated.

Month/Day (1)

Toam (1134401) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425344)

Pi Day bothers me because it uses the American date format which I really don't like.

DD MM YYYY makes more sense than MM DD YYYY.

Personally I prefer YYYY MM DD because then dates are ordered correctly :D

Re:Month/Day (1)

Nyall (646782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425372)

What day would that come out to be for an annual event?

The 3rd day of the 14th month?
Maybe the 31st day of the 4th month?

Re:Month/Day (1)

angus77 (1520151) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425394)

YYYY MM DD is the way that dates are written in the Far East. I don't write my dates in any other format unless forced to these days.

Re:Month/Day (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425458)

MM/DD makes sense, and is probably the origin of MM/DD/YY (which does not make sense otherwise). Unfortunately, all of the formats that do make sense are tougher to interpret at pi day, etc.

However, unless I'm filling in a form that expects mm/dd/yy(yy), I use yyyy-mm-dd (or for some international usage dd-mon-yyyy) so there is no confusion.

Re:Month/Day (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425482)

I'm sure nobody will mind you celebrating pi day on 31 April instead. You can even take the day off work, on full pay, without asking your boss if you like.

Re:Month/Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425640)

It's called ISO8601: simple, logical, descending order of magnitude.

Since it's an international standard and It Just Makes Sense(tm), it's reasonable to expect that the US won't be using it any time soon.

As good as Justin Bieber? Really? (2)

Clsid (564627) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425346)

As good as Justin Bieber? Good god, the kid is a product of the music industry which is pushing it in very obnoxious ways.

Re:As good as Justin Bieber? Really? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425688)

S0 where the beetles, the sex pistols, nirvana and many other 'original' bands

Re:As good as Justin Bieber? Really? (1)

Rhywden (1940872) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425766)

I never had to push my beetle! The engine always started up, even in the deepest of winters!

Re:As good as Justin Bieber? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425694)

"I'm not saying it's as good as Justin Bieber, but..."
"I'm not saying it's as good as being stabbed in the eye with a fork, but..."
"I'm not saying it's as good as having your testicles crushed in a vice, but..."
"I'm not saying it's as good as listening to someone "sing" who's been auto-tuned, but..."

Kate Bush (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425434)

Kate Bush has a decent song on the subject. She sings some of the digits.

What's with all of the interest in pi? (1)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425484)

e is the cooler number, by far.

Re:What's with all of the interest in pi? (1)

Clueless Moron (548336) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425910)

pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

e is the number such that the value of the derivative of the function f(x) = e^x at the point x = 0 is equal to 1.

Now which number do you think has the better marketing plan?

Definitely better than mainstream hacks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425570)

I'm not saying it's as good as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber or something...

You're right, it's WAY more creative and definitely sounds better.

Gaga Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35425686)

{Amplitude=RND(N), Frequency=RND(N+3)}[N=1 to 10^100] is better than Lady Gaga.

tragically still not a federal holiday. (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425774)

Who benefits from Federal holidays apart from Federal and maybe state employees?

The rest of us don't get a day off.

And Federal Holidays tend to be Mondayized anyway, to make it a long weekend. 3/14 may fall on a monday this year, but most of the time they wiuldn't have it observed on the right date.

Matematically challenged. (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425858)

There are any number of mathematical problems with his composition that an extremely picky person could point out.

1. Since there are 8 notes in an octave, maybe he should have used a base 8 representation of PI rather than a base 10 representation

2. Notes in a scale are logarithmically spaced, so maybe he should have used log(PI) represented in base 8.

3. A full octave is a factor of 2 in frequency, so maybe he should have used log_2(PI) represented in base 8.

4. The entire composition could be simplified to one note by using base PI

5. No notes would be necessary at all if the composition were specified as log_PI(PI)-1. Some people just can't learn to simplify their work

Re:Matematically challenged. (1)

Twinbee (767046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35426108)

Base 7 over 8 would be more suitable as the diatonic scale has 7 notes. You counted the first one twice (the octave), but they are the same note.

But perhaps we should go the whole hog, and say base 12 to use the full chromatic scale.

Good idea, but too rigid and underdeveloped. (1)

Kaz Kylheku (1484) | more than 3 years ago | (#35425876)

The piece could use modulation, instead of sticking with C major, which renders it rather boring. The PI theme could be interpreted with respect to other modes as well (minor, for starters). More material could be generated by using additional manipulations of the PI theme. The canon idea worked out, as well as playing a parallel voice at a slower multiple of the tempo. That still leaves tricks like inversions and reversals. You could always "mine" PI for more notes, of course. The chosen theme doesn't always have to be completely stated either. Fragments of it can be used, here and there.

Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35426082)

You could just cat pi into /dev/audio.

Here is another one - for violin alone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35426088)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whG11u457fo

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