Archive for September, 2009

Beethoven, Bach visualizations

Sunday, September 13th, 2009


Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony first movement visualized


Möbius Strip Bach


In each of these canons a musical line is played twice (or four times in Canon 10). The second version is always transformed with respect to the first by shifting in time, but it may also be shifted in pitch, turned upside-down, stretched, or played backwards. Each of these transformations occurs in the mathematics of elementary functions; they are examples of how new functions can be made out of old and of how a function can be tailored to fit a new situation.

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