The Fibonacci Sessions

by Antmanmusic

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This is a work in progress, though I haven't made anything new for it in a while, so I might as well have it available as an EP for now. The cover art is also in progress, so if you download it and contact me, I can let you know when it changes. Or you could just check back frequently.

I am a math guy. Early in my life, I realized I had a penchant for patterns. I have always been able to recognize patterns in things, both obvious and otherwise, I find them fascinating, and I like to utilize them creatively, (and even uncreatively).

The Fibonacci sequence was always fascinating to me because of its pervasiveness in nature, art, and architecture.

In case you don't know, the Fibonacci Sequence is a sequence of numbers defined by two initial terms, (in popular context, the initial terms are usually 1 and 1, but in mathematical context, they are usually 0 and 1), and by the rule that each successive term is the sum of the prior two. The result looks something like this:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ...

I won't go into the historical context of the sequence or of its use in art and architecture, or how and where it is found in nature, because literature on the subject abounds.

(If you want to read about it, but are afraid of getting lost in technicality, I recommend the book Fascinating Fibonaccis by Trudi Hammell Garland, ISBN 0866513434 9780866513432.)

My fascination with the sequence and the idea that many people hold that it has an intrinsic property of beauty and proportion, led me to start making music from it (hardly an original idea).

For this music, I typically use modular arithmetic (some people call it "clock arithmetic") to come up with versions of the sequence. For example, the sequence, mod 4, would be 1, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0, ...

How I then utilize these is mostly a mystery.

There are infinitely many of these modular sequences and infinitely many ways to apply them. That is where this becomes a creative exercise for me.

In parts One and Two, you will probably have no problem figuring out how I used the sequences. It is fairly obvious. I don't mind that because this whole thing started out as a very simple experiment.

In parts Three, Four, and Five, you probably won't be able to figure out what I did. I may tell you someday, but for now, I'd rather leave it alone.

So, there you have it.

Parts One and Two could probably be described as neo-classical.

Three and Four would probably be classified as "experimental electronica," a stupid name for a genre, (really it kinda just means "genreless" doesn't it?), but an apt one, I suppose.

Part Five is in the tradition of parts Three and Four, but is noise based. I created it as a transition track between parts Four and Six, but there still isn't a Part Six.

Part Six has been created in concept, but it never materialized. (Believe it or not, this non-materialization was part of the reason I wound up in graduate school.) It will materialize eventually, for sure.

There are more parts to come, even after Six. I have several concepts worked out already in my head that I just need to start working on.

In the meantime, I give you the first Five parts, and I hope you enjoy them.

If you want to be updated when more tracks are posted, just let me know.

PS - part Three makes an awesome ringtone. It's been mine for years.


released May 15, 2010

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