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I'm curious about this piece in the oct/nov MAA Monthly Supplement about The Music of Pi, and have wanted to share it here. I'm curious for many reasons, including the composer's choice to represent pi duodecimally, as "a more natural choice in which to express pi musically." Perhaps those better versed in music theory (or musically-inclined mathematicians, in general) can shed some light on the accuracy of the notes (I.e., if what I'm hearing matches the musical score. It seems that what I'm hearing is off on a couple of notes?)

note: The music to which I'm referring is freely accessible to download (MP3) (from the linked webpage).

Also, mention is made about a Supreme Court Ruling (on "Pi day," 3/14) earlier this year about "competing claims between two musical compositions based on the decimal digits of pi." Is anyone familiar with these compositions, their veracity, the dispute, and/or how I might gain access these alternative musical representations? I'm also curious as to the motivation behind representing $\pi$ musically.


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Most definitely does not sound like Chopin. I do not understand why you are intrigued by this piece. It does not sound pleasant. – glebovg Nov 15 '12 at 2:00
@amWhy: since there is one upvoted answer, I am reluctant to delete it. I will close it as off topic. – robjohn Nov 15 '12 at 2:43
For what it's worth, I don't think this is a bad question, nor that you should be ashamed of posting it. – Rahul Nov 15 '12 at 2:53
Oh man, then there is a real problem! If you are regularly receiving comments that you find demeaning, please bring this up on meta. I would not like this site to be a place where you find yourself frustrated to the point of deleting questions from a few comments. – Rahul Nov 15 '12 at 3:15
@robjohn Thanks for getting back to me, sincerely. I simply deleted some of my comments to unclutter the post, as they were irrelevant to the substance of my post. What I meant by "in lieu of deletion" in my edited "question" was referring to the fact that my request for deletion was not honored. But, to the point, I do not want to deprive Julien of any reputation. This is not a matter worth anymore time or attention. Thanks for asking, sincerely. – amWhy Nov 15 '12 at 14:11
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I believe one of the songs involved in the ruling was The other (not as nice, imho) was by Lars Erickson. Erickson filed the initial claim, and Blake's video was pulled from youtube. He eventually lost the legal battle, though.

Personally, I prefer the Tau song:

It's a good thing you can't copyright melodies based on numbers. After all, in the decimal expansion of any normal number you can find every possible melody...

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+1 Thanks. This question seems not to have been well received. So I have flagged a moderator to delete it. I appreciate your taking my question seriously, and for taking the time to post links. – amWhy Nov 15 '12 at 2:26
@Julien don't be so sure that you can't copy write numbers see – Baby Dragon Jul 16 '13 at 2:01

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