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recognizing Arthur C. Clarke’s third law

Real Numb3ers solve real mystery

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Listen to the opening chord of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and try to figure out its tablature. Gohard-days-night ahead, join the countless musicians who have been trying to emulate that sound since 1964. Four years ago Dr. Jason Brown of Dalhousie University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics – and an amateur musician himself – decided to have a go.

He used Fourier transforms to reverse engineer the chord. (True confession – I took calculus and acoustics but never got as far as Fourier transforms.) His conclusion is that the sound is impossible to play without the addition of someone – probably Sir George Martin – adding a little piano. It’s not really news, but nonetheless yay math. (Via /.)

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Written by chris

November 25, 2008 at 12:23 am

Posted in music, Uncategorized

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