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FIBONACCI NUMBERS

IN MUSIC

Fibonacci Numbers in Indian


Rhythmic Patterns

The number of ways to divide n


beats into long (L, 2 beats) and
short (S, 1 beat) pulses is
F(n+1).
Example: n = 3 has SSS, SL or LS
as the only possibilities. F4 = 3.
Example: n = 4 has SSSS, SLS, LSS,
SSL, LL as the only possibilities. F5
= 5.

Assign a note to each number of the


Fibonacci sequence.
C, Do:1 ; D, Re:2 ; E, Mi:3 ; F, Fa:4 ; G, Sol:5 ;
A, La:6 ; B, Si:0.
To converte each number into a note, we use
a math operation: it is a module 7 operation,
so we get numbers beetwen 0 and 6.
In this way we get a sequence composed by
sixteen numbers which is infinitely repeated:
1;1;2;3;5;1;6;0;6;6;5;4;2;6;
1 ; 0
8; 13; 21

We get this sequence of notes:

Changing the length and the


height of some notes we get the
first melody:

Fibonacci numbers in occidental


music
There are some fun
aspects of Fibonacci
series also in our music,
and some composers,
for example Bla Bartk
and Ern Lendvai,
studied the possible
relationship beetwen
that series of numbers
and music.

Bla Bartk
Bla Bartk Born in Nagyszentmikls, Hungary (now
Snnicolau Mare, Romania) in 1881.
Died in New York, Sept. 1945.
Studies at the Catholic Gymnasium (high school) in
Pozsony where he excels in math and physics in
addition to music.
Enters the Academy of Music (Liszt is 1st president) in
Budapest in 1899.
Avid collector of folk music (particularly Hungarian,
Romanian, Slovakian and Turkish).
Considered to be one of Hungarys greatest
composers (along with Franz Liszt).

Bartk and Fibonacci


Fibonacci is a natural sequence;
The music based on Fibonacci sequence is
natural music.
Following the Fibonacci sequence Bartk
created a not boring musical structure
The Fall Of Icaro.

Ern Lendvai

Kaposvar, 1925; Budapest, 1993


He used the sequence of Fibonacci to define
the musical interval in his compositions.

Deep Purple
Child in time is a famous song by Deep
Purple
It is structured in measures of 3, 5 and 8
beats
Child in time.