I just discovered something that I didn’t even know existed.

And that is the mysterious, little known…



Yea, they might as well be a laser-shooting, hyper-intelligent species of dodo birds.


Too me, mathmusicians are some sort of magical beings sent to Earth by some deity of Fantastic Ideas.

I’m sure one day someone was like:

“hmm math is really cool.”

“music is pretty cool too”

let’s mash them together, and get some sick numerical melodies!

*cue vibrating mosh pit of Beethovens and Newtons head-banging to the soundtrack of digital Tchaikovsky *


I’m not going to pretend that I know everything about the field of mathmusician(ism?). Heck, I don’t even know that much about its respective parts. But, I do know that it is something worth sharing, and deserving of becoming a new form of art. It certainly deserves more love.




And with that said,  I give you Vi Hart and her wonderful rendition of The Bowl and the laser bat (previously known as the Owl and the Pussy Cat).


If you’re hungry for more, finish it off with a tutorial on how to eat candy buttons…mathematically.



8 thoughts on “Mathmusicians

  1. As an elementary music teacher, I love your post. Music is many things, I tell my children, and it’s very much math. In college, I remember enjoying having to write out the overtone series for a given pitch. Only the math nerds enjoyed it, though : )


    1. Love that you are a music teacher. I think that music is one of the best ways to expand the mind, whereas it be with sound or math! And… you’re teaching that to the next generation of humans! Thank you for sharing your experience. It was lovely.

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      1. 😄 It is one of life’s greatest joys for me! It can get wonderfully complex… but at its heart, music is sharing emotion with another person. Very rarely does it leave you feeling nothing at all. Thanks for sharing your discovery, again!

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  2. There’s a lot of math in music, more than people think. It’s not just time signatures, it’s even in the sound. For example, why you can’t just lump a bunch of notes together to make a chord, or why atonal music sounds like an unfortunate accident involving a combine thresher.

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    1. Haha, the last description is spot on! I’ve played violin for 15 years. I’ve also took music theory for a while. I specifically remember my teacher telling to do the math in my head to calculate the whole steps and half steps.
      Music and math really are more related than most people think. In fact I would say that one may be the parent of the other. Thank you for this thoughtful comment!

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