Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Fibonacci watch

One of my partner Sara's bugbears is that all efforts to group art and maths together lazily invoke the Fibonacci sequence (Something, I admit, I've been guilty of myself.)

But my crimes pale next to this absolute humdinger, from the August issue of The Wire. This is Philip Sherburne writing about techno musician and DJ Ricardo Villalobos.
When it comes to rhythm, Villalobos is certainly one of the canniest producers in contemporary electronic dance music. His youthful training in Afro-Latin percussion explains some of his sense of timekeeping, but it doesn't necessarily address the uncanny quality of so many of his beats, which take shape with the same kind of natural/unnatural ease with which a sunflower sprouts seeds according to the Fibonacci sequence.

Let's enjoy that again.
the same kind of natural/unnatural ease with which a sunflower sprouts seeds according to the Fibonacci sequence.

Eh?

Other egregious Fibonaccisms welcome.

2 comments:

Fred Hapgood said...

I would like to send you email but can't find your address. Could you send it to hapgood@pobox.com? (Not
my gmail account.)

Maxine said...

I thought the end had come for any trendiness for the Fibonacci series when it featured heavily in the Da Vinci Code? ;-)