No. The above image is NOT an equation for a song. It does look pretty cool though…
One would never think that music and maths could ever be said in the same sentence right? Jason Ferguson, a music writer for the Phoenix New Times, definitely does not think the two should be and considers any attempt to link the two as an intrusion “upon the art of music” and “complete nonsense”. You can read the rest of his heated article here.
The above article mentions the work of former Celebrity Big Brother house-mate, Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London. According to Jason, he brought forward an equation that involves pitch, lyrics and serotonin levels as the factors that have to be used in precisely the right amounts to create the perfect song so I decided to google-it. I couldn’t find this particular equation on the net but I did find this and it actually made sense to me.
I think it is possible that one can devise some sort of formula for the perfect song around the characteristics and personality traits of who you are making the song for. I mean that’s why there are genres isn’t it. And if you have taken music (as I have, up to Grade 2) or if you simply look at a music sheet, like the one below, you’ll notice that music is quite a mathematical subject already.
Each bar is equal to four beats, which is a whole note. When this is divided into two, it becomes a minim, which divided into two becomes a crotchet and so on. Therefore, there is actually nothing stopping one from creating a pattern that repeats itself with mathematical precision but gives birth to something truly beautiful. You could look at some fractals for proof, but all you really have to do is look closely at a sunflower to see what I mean.
I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
Anything you can imagine is real
There are a lot of popular music genres and styles that we listen to these days, such as rock, hip-hop, jazz, etc…I would like to introduce you to the one that you might not be familiar with but I’m totally in love with! Its interesting to listen to and just makes you want more and is called K-pop. Its like pop pop, just a little bit different. The name K-pop basically means Korean pop, so it’s just their own style of pop. The following are some of the most popular K-pop musicians. Click on their photos to check them out and have a listen to their music: