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Let This Percussionist Blow Your Mind With The Fibonacci Sequence

Let This Percussionist Blow Your Mind With The Fibonacci Sequence
August 10, 2018 Elijah James Logan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOMLRMfIYf0 Rhythm nerd alert! Bow down, drummers! Our social feeds have been on fire with a mind-bending, gasp-worthy video posted earlier this week — below — made by the accomplished Indian percussionist B.C. Manjunath . He’s a master of konnakol — the Carnatic, or South Indian, art of speaking percussive syllables in rapid-fire, intricate patterns to convey a larger thalam , or rhythmic cycle. But here, B.C. Manjunath isn’t using any old thalam for his whirl of konnakol — in an inspired stroke, he is using a Fibonacci sequence gorgeously, to take off into a dazzling, awe-inducing rhythmic fantasy. (Math refresher! A Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. Here, he uses the simple pattern of 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and 21. That is: 1 + 1 = 2; 2+1 = 3; 3 + 2 = 5; 5 +3 = 8; 8 + 5 = 13; 13 + 8 = 21. Got it? Good.) So, in B.C. Manjunath’s thalam, each of those Fibonacci segments makes up part of a

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