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Pi (100 Digits)

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Inspired by Vi Hart's A Capella of Pi, I decided to take on the task. I figure arranging Pi is a rite of passage for any person interested in composing, so I took it on in a similar approach but different goal. The pitches are relative to the numbers, in the sense that 1 is C, 2 is D, etc. until the top of the C Major Scale and beyond. However, I took the liberty of defining 0 as the 7th, 8 as any instance of the tonic, and 9 as any instance of the 2nd (so it isn't completely linear), for the sake of making melodies a bit smoother.

The notes will change around between instruments. I also tried using a lot of non-chordal movement and a more contemporary-classical style to create a bit more complex of a feel. Instead of creating a piece defined by pi, I made a piece that is influenced by pi yet still quite lyrical, with two contrasting sections and a contrasting end. For some reason beyond my own knowledge, the last digit just happened to be 8. There was also a lot of interesting back and forth where the note would go to one then back to the original.

Numbers (thanks to Vi's description):
3.14159265358979323846264 338327950288419
7169399375105820974944592 307816406286208

Virtual performance via EWQL Symphonic Orchestra; written in Finale 2012

Let me know what you guys think!


Oops! How could I miss this.
Really like the slow, relaxing start. Am always fond of your strings work as I feel they are really close to original. And as Elitistinen said, love the use of equation in a song :)

samulis responds:

Hey, thanks man! I'm glad you like my strings work. I always try to pay careful attention to my parts to make sure they are lyrical and sound good as individual parts- I don't like writing pieces where parts are just there or thrown about between different instruments for no reason. Each instrument has its characteristics and I like bringing them out, for example, high harmonics on violin. Love them so much.

I love you applied math into music (especially you used Vi Hart's solution). Wonderful work.

samulis responds:

I've been wanting to do this for sooo long and I finally found the strength to dare to do it.

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4.20 / 5.00

Apr 21, 2013
1:27 AM EDT
File Info
4.9 MB
2 min 10 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.