The Golden Ratio In Music

The Golden Ratio In Music

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Having to speak of THE GOLDEN RATIO IN MUSIC, I must start with a little mathematical introduction. I promise: very little!

The Golden Ratio number (Phi) is an irrational mathematical constant which value approximately is 1.618033… More accurately, two quantities a and b (where a is bigger than b) are in the Golden Ratio if the ratio of the sum of the quantities (a+b) to the larger quantity (a) is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity (a) to the smaller one (b). That is:[(a+b)/a]=(a/b)=phi=1.618033…

STOP AT PRESENT WITH MATHEMATICAL FORMULAS! Now, if you want to know what Magic Songs creates by applying the Golden Ratio in music, you can immediately go on our magicsongs.net HOME page where, for a first experiment, you can freely listen to “Prelude”: the first song made at human image.

Instead, if you want to know how Magic Songs obtains a song by applying  the Golden Ratio in music, you can immediately go on our MADE IN YOUR IMAGE section.

As we promised to you on the top of this page, we will keep away this section from mathematical formulas focusing the attention to the general but very important element that are absolutely indispensable to value Magic Songs work and studies about the Golden Ratio in music.

At first note that, strictly speaking about the art of  music, you can maybe read (on the Web or on other sources) that one can find the Golden Ratio in a lot of works by the greatest musical artists of all time. Unfortunately, this assertion often causes a big misconception, especially taken from the art of painting. Indeed, the approach of the Golden ratio in music is very different to the Golden Ratio in painting art (and in general to all the plastic and figurative arts).

The reason of this difference is in nature itself of the Golden Ratio that is, above all, a “ratio”. We certainly can refer this “ratio” to spatial dimensions as well to temporal dimensions. Now, speaking of art, you can note that in the art of painting (and in general in all plastic and figurative arts) the implementation of  a dimension ratio is relatively very simple (for the spatial nature of  this type of art) whereas in the art of music, the implementation of  a dimension ratio becomes more and more complicated.

In music the term interval describes the relationship between the pitches of two notes. Those intervals may be described as harmonic (vertical) if the two notes sound simultaneously, or melodic (linear) if the notes sound successively. Intervals may be labelled according to the “ratio” of frequencies of the two pitches and you can at first implement and apply the above shown dimension ratio to those frequencies: you will have a first example of  the Golden Ratio in music. But if that implementation can be relatively applicable  to harmonic intervals, it can be a real destruction of the art for melodic intervals! Image Mozart calculating the succession of notes of his works! Unbelievable! Furthermore in music we must also consider the intervals of time, that is the time intervals between a note and another one! Now, the implementation of dimension ratio becomes artistically restrictive in a dramatic way!!!

It can be demostrated that all the things that the people judge beautiful are often all joined by the same feature: the ratio among their measures always matchs the same “Phi” value also colled the Golden Ratio or “Divine Proportion”. So you can certainly find the Golden Ratio in music (for example in the best works of arts of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.), as well as in all plastic and figurative arts (by Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, etc.) and everywhere or everytime you can appreciate a beautiful thing. But the question is that we are speaking to use the Golden Ratio in music as the starting point of the musical creation!!! You can discover a Golden Ratio in a work of art where the artist used this ratio intuitively and not intentionally but this could be natural and relatively simple. But again, the difficulty is to compose using the Golden Ratio as starting point, without destroying the art nature. Furthermore, even if it is very difficult, a musical composition all created from the Golden Ratio will have all its seduction power.

This is what we do. Magic Songs, by applying the Golden Ratio in music (both on musical chords and melody), obtains a song at your own image!

So, “starting from” and using THE GOLDEN RATIO IN MUSIC we created “Prelude”, first of Magic Songs collection.

Magic Songs remember always that  THE MUSIC IS THE ART PAR EXCELLENCE and THE ART CAN NEVER COME ONLY FROM A RATIO, EVEN IF THAT RATIO IS THE GOLDEN RATIO!!!

Well, are you tired? Now, maybe you would like to try Magic Songs’ power… Now you would like to listen to “Prelude”!

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