Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dancing to the Beat of Your Own Drummer

I chose this picture because really, who doesn't think of Soul Train when they think of rhythm?
 I love when art and math line up! I've written before about Fibonacci's Sequence and the Golden Ratio in art. Now scientists have found evidence of fractals in the rhythm of hundreds of famous compositions. They theorize that the human brain internalizes these patterns in nature and represents it in its creative outputs, including the rhythm of a song. The sequence is altered slightly by a composer's unique rhythmic signature -- not unlike the slight variations between individuals' handwriting! 

How amazing is it to think of beauty as an objective fractal that we each participate in through the particulars of our subjective experience? Amazing!

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