The Lab section plays host to some of my more experimental techniques. Because many of these applications were created decades ago, some still use the Flash player. This site is new, and I’m still trying to best figure out how to bring all of my projects under one roof here. Stay tuned and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
PERIODIC TABLE OF SOUND
Many moons ago I decided to translate Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Elements into sound. I based the elements’ notes on their atomic weights, with Hydrogen offset properly to 440Hz. Because many of the atomic weights would place some elements way out of the human hearing range; also to preserve the intervallic relationships between the note and Hydrogen tonic, frequencies above 880Hz were systematically halved until they ended up within the 440-880 octave range.
This turned out to be pretty exciting, as the more common elements related closely to the more prevalent western intervals. For example, Hydrogen and Carbon make the interval of a perfect 5th (3:2). And once brought down within range, Oxygen approximates the octave at 2:1.
In practice, I found use for the Oxygen and Hydrogen related samples at the end of the song Sanctuary from the Romance of the Spaceways album.
PLATONIC SOLID RHYTHMS
The Platonic Solids (or Polyhedra) are nature’s ultimate building blocks. In the next few weeks I will have examples of the ratios at work in musical rhythms here in the lab, but for now you can read the details on the how-to at my Platonic Solid Poetry blog: The Platypus Letters. Also, all of of poems there are built on syllable structures based on the shapes’ ratios.
THE GOLDEN SECTION
I’ve been a fan of The Golden Section and its close cousin, the Fibbonacci series, for years. To read (and hear) more about my applications of the ratios in music, please visit the Nature And Math section.