Week 3

Mth Nrd

Explanations of the sounds below

1.mp3 a chord based on tuning based on the Golden Mean.
2.mp3 a chord based on tuning based on the Fibonacci Sequence.

Secrets of Beating Off Explained!

Explanations of the sounds below

3.mp3 100Hz + 101Hz = beat of 1 sec.

4.mp3 100Hz + 102Hz = beat of 0.5 sec.

5.mp3 100Hz + 101Hz + 103Hz = 3 beats per second, with an emphasis every third beat (3/4 or waltz time).

6.mp3 100Hz + 101Hz + 104Hz = 4 beats per second, with a deemphasis every fourth beat (quasi 4/4 time).

7.mp3 100Hz + 102Hz + 105Hz = finally getting interesting. I'm not sure I can describe it.

8.mp3 100Hz + 102Hz + 103Hz + 105Hz + 107Hz + 111Hz + 113Hz + 117Hz + 119 = Still a one-second beat, with much more texture.

9.mp3 100Hz + 103Hz + 107Hz = An interesting kind of 5/4 beat. I can't explain it.

The bigger the difference between the frequencies, the faster the interference and thus the beat. I got some good, subtler effects by adding small fractionally-larger frequencies to the above (e.g. 100.25Hz) which then modulates the overall wave over a period of a few seconds (four, I think).


"Radio killed the Telharmonium star... Radio killed the Telharmonium star..."

You've probably heard some of the hype around "The Grey Album" a remix of The Beatles' white album and Jay-Z's "The Black Album". I've been looking for downloads, but only found 45-second samples here. I think it's kind of over-rated, although "99 Problems" is okay. So much of that kind of music is little more than playing a good song while talking over it. Maybe it's just me, but I like music that represents someone talking to me, rather than actually having someone talking. The classical or jazz instrumentals that I like have the quality of being an aural abstraction of someone telling me a story.

If you look at the Sandbox site some more, you can find quite a lot of interesting (though unordered) clips. I found one that didn't have the word 'nigga' in every other track.

The problem I have with a lot of 'new music' is that it's designed and marketed for the 'club scene' and in some ways is the ultimate sellout in that it exists to be sold rather than existing to be beautiful.


I'm waiting for an album called 'Sand Nigga' made by some Palestinian rapping about oppression under the Israeli government.


Bob Gluck made an interactive sound installation using Max/MSP called Sounds of a Community with sculptural electronic instruments in the form of Jewish ritual objects: eShawl, eFloor, eHarvest, and eChant. There are Max screenshots and Quicktimes, but they don't reveal much.


I did a Google on interactive sound, most links were uninteresting, but this one had some sub-links worth listening to.


I 'work' with acknowledgement of the thesis that music is the aural equivalent of the clitoris - an evolutionary accident that gives pleasure to some.