Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pi (π) Day

Today is Pi Day. π is one of the most important mathematical and physical constants, and is the basis of many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering. It is also an irrational number, which I like the sound of.

Back in the days of school I was not a fan of mathematics. It was always my worst subject, the bane of my homework existence. Algebra and calculus? Why would I ever need to know any of that crap? Of course, as I got older and wiser I began to see the usefulness of math in my everyday life. When I began jacking beats and constructing little songs in the late '90s it became apparent to me how mathematical music is - I mean, it's all about numbers. As a result I have a bit more respect for math, although if I had homework I'd probably still be hating on it.

Pi is also a great movie by Darren Aronofsky that is all about math and how it is everywhere in life. Just don't let it drive you to drill a hole in your head, OK?


Here are a few of my favorite numerical numbers...

Kate Bush - π (Pi)
Kraftwerk - Numbers
De La Soul - The Magic Number
Princess - Say I'm Your Number One
Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number


SteveA said...

Thanks for the Steely Dan post. I have this album on vinyl and always loved this song. You also have 2 of my other faves here - de la soul and princess.


The Green Shroud said...

Great blog here- I dig your mixtapes! Numbers has to be one of my favourite electronic songs of all time...

Gabriel Crespo said...

Its been a year since I didn’t pass by your blog. Many things have changed, even my taste for funk.
Congrats for your exquisite tunes selection and thanks for guiding me to some valuable downloads.
Perhaps I might recommend a very fresh pop band from Norway which lately has made my walks in sunny Barcelona a delight. The band is one of the many that the eclectic artist, Erlend Oye has formed after Royksopp. Well, the name of the band is “The Whites Boy Alive”

Michael said...



re:The Whites Boy Alive - check out the third track here -


Oliver C said...

Great Numeric jam post there!