A fractal is a pattern that is repeated in iterations. The most recognizable fractals are mathematical patterns like Sierpinski's Triangle or the Mandelbrot set. How it works is that you start with an initial design. Then, to that design, you apply your fractal rule. Once you apply this "rule" your original design changes to the first iteration. Then, you apply the fractal rule to the "morphed" design to change it into the second iteration. Essentially, a fractal goes on indefinitely and when you zoom in closer to a fractal, the same patterns are repeated.
This week's song is a fractal. Well, actually it is several iterations of the same fractal pattern. I had to stop at some point because I am not that crazy about writing this thing forever. I start with a single note: C. The next iteration is that I replace the first note (C) with three notes (that equal the first note) with pitches of C (original), G (perfect fifth above), then back to C (original). Then, the next iteration, I do the same pattern for each tone - replace each note with three notes: original, perfect fifth, and back to the original.
The song today goes to the eighth iteration of this pattern. I began (actually I reverse engineered it, but who cares right?) with an 81 measure long C tone as the first step. The high voice on this song represents the 8th iteration. The next highest voice is the 7th etc. down to the 3rd iteration in the basement (or is that bass-ment?).
I added in some beats to give it an electronic feel. You might think that it does not sound like a regular "beat" for Electronic music. Well, that is because, due to how I wrote it, the measures are in 27/16 time. Very odd time signature to work with.
Being a recreational mathematician at heart, this has really opened doors for me. I am going to look at polyphonic fractals, fractal chord progressions. Possible have a fractal metal jam? Maybe fractal fugue? Don't know :)
Have a Happy rest of 2011 and see you in 2012!
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