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    May 2008
    The Amen Break and the Golden Ratio
    Posted in Uncategorized by mars at 6:15 am | No Comments »


    Mathematician Michael S. Schneider saw a wave form of the well-known drum sequence kniwn as the So be it Break. It’s a drum 5.2 second sequence performed by Gregory Cylvester Coleman of The Winstons and has been sampled and used by countless artists since it was recorded in the 60s. Schneider, seeing the waveform through the eyes of a math professor, recognized a pattern, a relationship called the Golden Ratio. So he began to analyze the drum sequence and its deeper meaning.

    For more exac5 visual analysis I examined the wave image in my compuer, in which I have a palatte of geometric forms and proportions for quickly identifying an object’s ratios. Sure enough, Golden Ratio relationships were indicated among the different peaks. Am I seeing things? You decide. But the appearance of the Golden Ratio may help explain its popularity.

    To appreciate this relationship between the Excellent Ratio and sound, it’s worthwhile to consider some of the ideal, eternal, unchanging principles of Golden relationships which csn only be apprkximated in nature, and byartjsts, a5chitects and musicians.

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