What Pi Sounds Like

Happy Pi Day! I can think of no better way to celebrate 3.14 than Michael John Blake’s fun musical composition that takes the digits of pi (3.1415926535…) and turns them into something akin to a Schoenbergian twelve-tone row that never fully repeats.



  1. on March 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    *looks around for Andrew Granade*

  2. May
    on March 14, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I love this. Thanks for sharing it. I too was thinking about your brother while listening to it. He could so do this.

  3. on March 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh, bummer, the video is down already. Ah, well, happy Pi day, anyway!

    Been keeping the folks in Japan in prayer and helping toward the relief efforts. My heart aches.

    And I loved the crafty kids… especially the angelic Liza shot!

  4. on March 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Argh. I’ll have to see if I can find another copy of it.

  5. on March 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Would this have been better if the song length had been 3:14?

  6. on March 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Argh! I miss out on my blog reader for one day and I miss the video! Find another because I’m teaching Schoenberg this week (though it almost sounds more Stockhausian to me from your description…)

  7. Elizabeth
    on March 16, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink


    Is this the video you spoke of?

  8. on March 16, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    That’s the one!

  9. on March 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    That’s for posting is, Elizabeth! Great fun – but with all the canons going on it sounds really Baroque – I can see Bach getting into this idea.