I just came across this - a great example of what I was talking about, illustrated by professional musicians (I am not).
Okay, so... what does pi sound like? Here it is - the first 31 notes.
That's in Base 10 and using just the "white keys" on the piano. But "Jimmy Z." had a realization. While we traditionally count in Base 10, the universe doesn't necessarily operate that way! Furthermore, there are 12 notes, 13 including a repeated note to make a full octave. So why limit the melody to just eight notes?
HERE is his fuller interpretation, using all the piano keys.
"The Perfect Melody = pi in BASE 12"
Here are a couple of his explanations:
~ The pi song EXPLAINED - Base 12
~ "What pi sound like (parody and truth)"
~ "How random are the digits of pi?"
By the way, what got me back here was a song posted on the nightly jam session, "Vowels," an example of writing with a constraint.
In that case, a poem without certain vowels was set to music. (It's called a lipogram, I learned.) I was familiar with a different example of "constrained writing." Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" was re-written with words of lengths that corresponded to the digits of pi. http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess...
As I mentioned above, for me this was all inspired by Herman Hesse's Magister Ludi, or The Glass Bead Game. http://www.amazon.com/Magister-Ludi-Hermann-Hesse/dp/0553262378
As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, a poem in A Children's Garden of Verses, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." :)
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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