Two Canadian mathematicians from the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, have created an entirely new kind of string instrument that exploits a kind of mathematics owing more to Pythagoras’s theorem for triangles than to anything he ever thought about music.
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Very fascinating article! A new guitar-like instrument based on mathematics. My two strongest subjects are math and music and as this article suggests, there is a strong connection between the two. For example, I’ve found it fascinating that in 4/4 time the whole note is worth 4 beats which makes the half note worth 2 beats (half of the whole). Then, of course the quarter note gets 1 beat (1/4 of the whole) and the eighth note gets 1/2 beat (1/8 of the whole). When you switch to a different time signature, you can just reapply the fractions to calculate each note’s worth. So in 6/8 time, you have the eighth note at one beat and since the quarter note is worth twice the eighth note (1/8 1/8=1/4) it will now be worth two beats. And in 3/2 time, the half note is worth one beat, which means the quarter note (1/4 1/4=1/2) is now 1/2 beat, and the eighth note is 1/4 beat.
Graham English says
Fun stuff. If you liked that, check out these articles when you get a chance: Phi