These are The Ancient Melodies. They are arranged using mathematical constants in base 12, played in the 12 musical tones.
A series of random notes from the chromatic scale typically sounds strange, and it's difficult to arrange into a melody that follows conventional harmonic aesthetics.
What is interesting is that with minimal intervention, these mathematical digit sequences sound like they came from the mind of a composer.
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Pi and e are irrational constants, which mean they have no repeating patterns in the digits. I recently started digging in to rational constants and found a few good melodies.
NOTE: 4/37 (base 10) = 4/31 (base 12)
NOTE: 17/19 (base 10) = 15/17 (base 12)
The constants, when translated into a series of notes, contain implied melodic phrases. An example would be to ask you to put spaces in this series of letters.
The raw notes of pi and e in base 12 contain this kind of reason in the musical sense. There are infinitely many songs one could derive from the constants, but these arrangements "optimize the inherent cleverness" within the digits.
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Here is a version of the first section of pi, played in a minor key.
This is an alternative arrangement to Euler's number. It's METAL!
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Here is a version of the pi song without numbers or explanation. The final note is tuned to the tone of the Hydrogen. The EM frequency of Hydrogen is 1420.405751 MegaHertz, cut that in half (reduce by octaves) 22 times, and you end up at 338.651 Hz, in the audible range.
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The most important element to understand is what base 12 means. We use base ten, or decimal. Our standard system uses 10 characters to do math.
These are just symbols to represent amounts. Think of Roman numeral "X". In our system, we need two digits to express that amount, 10. Roman numeral "X" represents that amount using a single character. Digits are merely symbols to represent amounts. Choosing which base you use is like selecting your language. The whole world just happens to speak base 10.
Base 12 means that we are using 12 characters.
A = ten
B = eleven
Then, to connect the math with the music, we line those digits up with the 12 musical tones.
From there, we can play base 12 digit sequences. It didn't take much to reveal the underlying melodic phrases. As you can see, many of the phrases contain long strings of straight quarter notes, which is the simplest possible way to play any sequence.
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