Music From The Fibonacci Sequence
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Music From The Fibonacci Sequence

October 8, 2019


The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers
where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. The numbers in the sequence have extraordinary
mathematical properties and can be found in patterns all throughout nature, so I decided to see what they would sound
like as music. To create the melody, I assigned the numbers
1 through 8 to the E major scale on the keyboard, and added 0 and 9 on each side with the natural
extension of the scale. I played the resulting melody with my right
hand and added harmonies with my left hand. Now, the first number of the Fibonacci Sequence
is 0. But 0 added to itself just equals 0 forever. In fact, that’s what you’ve been hearing
in the background. In order to start the sequence, we need to
add a 1.

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  1. Are you serious, you mean you can add the Fibonacci numbers in you head and play the corresponding notes with your hands simultaneously.

  2. The notes are well integrated, though one could not differentiate the beat count. There are infinite possibilities for the piece.

  3. Would have preferred something like just the melody in the right hand, compared with a tune made up of the same notes, and numbers of those notes, but randomly arranged. This would give some sort of real comparison

  4. This shows your very good performing skills and musicality, but not how this music is good because Fibonacci. Why do you play Fibonacci in decimal system? This could be interpreted in infinitive ways. In example, because 12 halftones in octave you could use number system with base 12 and perform this, i am pretty sure that it would sound bad. But you play very very nice, respect.

  5. Если грамотно подобрать гармонию и ритмический рисунок, можно из любой рандомной хуйни слепить музыку

  6. awesome music but it doesn't prove much tbh

    with a set scale, harmonies and a skillful pianist even a completely random sequence of numbers would sound good

  7. Beautiful, however I'm worried that you have artificially imposed the base 10 (decimal) number system on it. Would it not have been more natural to have expressed the numbers in octal and have assigned 8 notes for 0-7? What would that sound like? And what about the corresponding progression of the Fibonacci sequence to the left i.e. (in reverse order:) 0, 1, -1, 2, -3, 5, -8, 13 … I'd be curious as to how that sounds, maybe in a minor key. For mapping the negative numbers to notes be careful how you calculate i.e. use modulus 8 but, for example, -3 modulus 8 would be 5 (not 3) since -3 = -1 * 8 + 5 (remainder). Or maybe you can play the 2 sides of the sequence together – the right side in the right hand and left in the left hand? Oh yeah, why are you playing the 'digits' of each number, why not just convert it via modulus arithmetic to the range of notes? Well, just some ideas anyway!

  8. I'm not a musician, but why didn't he just counted 0-9 on each button one by one. I see there a gap in between them.?

  9. God I felt so woke watching this,,, but then it ended and my braincells collapsed back to three 🙁

    An extraordinary experience, though.

  10. Interesting, but…I’d like you to explain what you’re doing that makes this a Fibonacci sequence and not just some randomness.

  11. Как фокус сгодится. А вообще —просто перебирай звуки любой диатонической гаммы и все. Мелодия некрасивая.

  12. No wonder it sounds good when you mapped it onto major E. A string of randomly generated numbers would sound good too.

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