This is kinda cool.
I have started constructing a click map for drum tracks I am about to record in Cubase 4.
Then something clicked, no pun intended! This rhythm map of points and lines are a symbolic gesture of sugars, and phosphate groups that make up the nucleotides strand. The rhythm map IS acting as the songs DNA, not just visually but mechanically as well.
We know that music and geometry are close brothers and they use the cycles and patterns to represent their 3D characteristics, matter and sound. There has been so much written about this topic, but with modern technology our view (literally) of music has changed drastically, in the last decade . With processing and fx’s, we have seen a full blown evolution of musical expression, and we are able to reach places sonic-ally we could never reach before. With a new evolution comes a new understanding, new connections.
So that being said let me try and explain myself a bit better..
If you think about it for a second, its harmonic resonance thats makes a musical note, and that note is made of wave forms that through cycles, or patterns, create pitch.
DNA consists of two long polymers of simple units called nucleotides, with backbones made of sugars and phosphate groups joined by ester bonds.
The nucleotides represents the rhythm produced by the sugars (tempo) and phosphate groups (timing) that join together by ester bonds (curves, the rate at which the tempo changes)
These two strands run in opposite directions to each other and are therefore anti-parallel. This is represented in the picture by lines and squares.
DNA is one of the three major macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life. RNA and Proteins would be the other two. Since I want to get back to recording, and leave this to rest for now, I will leave you by saying this.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the remaining 2 macromolecules had features that shared properties with Single notes and Chords, or maybe chords and scales. Something along those lines. I am sure there can be a whole analogy written out that could show remarkable similarities and relationships of the two.
Who knows. It was just a thought, and I got it out. In the bigger scheme of things it means absolutely nothing, but for learning, it could be a way to make sense visually of the relationship of music, geometry, and life. All tho I do not touch up on geometry much here, it is clear that everything in the universe is made up of cycles and patterns. Geometry is in that which is in everything you see, touch, taste and feel.
Until next time, have the most amazing day and remember
Yes We Can….