If you’re on my email list or if you’ve visited my website before, you know a little bit about my Kaleidoscope project by now. Unless you’re already a patron (and reaping the wonderful benefits therein) you probably still have some questions about it. You’ve gotten the picture that it’s Music, Math, & Nature. But what does that really mean? What does it sound like?
Here’s the skinny: several years ago, I began to experiment with putting the mathematics that nature uses into music theory. There is one particular ratio called The Golden Section that appears all the time in biology, chemistry, astronomy, and just about every other -ology and -onomy that exist. I’ve taken that number and created new tonal and rhythmic structures with it. Kaleidoscope is my crowd-funded project that features music based on this ratio as well as others that nature uses frequently.
Sure… but what does it sound like? Well, up to now, my songs using this new music theory have been available only to patrons of Kaleidoscope. I thought it would be nice to go ahead and share one of these songs with the general public. I recorded a song I wrote called “The Fourth Circle” using a four-note scale I made based on the Golden Section. The music is complemented by audio samples from the 1934 Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. The general vibe is poking fun at cults that thrive on numerology and pseudoscience. If you’re already a member of my cult, please ignore the previous sentence.
If you’ve enjoyed this, or are curious about the tin tacks of the math/music behind it, please consider becoming a patron of Kaleidoscope. If you’re curious about why I choose to spend my time on this planet making music based on the essence of nature, read my blog post On Creation.