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Pi Symphony Overview
  Pi symphony was born in a Calculus I class in the early 1990's. With my habit of making numbers into melodies, I decided to try the digits of pi. I was astonished to discover the simple melody which does not sound at all random out to 32 digits. At that time I did some more research and found that the digits of pi have only been calculated out to several hundred digits for a couple of hundred years. My goal then became to create a classic orchestration of this melody which imparts the emotions associated with scientific discovery. Within a year or two, I had finished the Pi Symphony, while studying Engineering/Physics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I had several orchestral arrangements performed, but alas, never Pi. I spent one entire summer editing and writing more on the score. There are some .mp3 files of excerpts (below) from the synthesized rendition. One goal of this site is to sell copies of my synthesized rendition, to hopefully connect with an appropriate debut environment.

Pi Symphony Samples
  Please use samples as a reference. If you want to talk about Pi Symphony please purchase a copy. Don't just download the sample. SHeesh! Note all the COOL people below who have REAL copies of my work and will be forever included in the master score.

Pi and 'e'

Pi Symphony Movement #1 PI and e (7:00 minutes)

Real Audio Sample (32kbps)
40 sec. Mp3 sample 700k

This sample opens with pi rounded to 3.1416 on horn, followed by the ensemble playing the same. Next a short fanfare digs deeper into the digits. At 44: seconds, the flute plays pi while all other instruments play snippets of the digital sequence.
At 1:36, the melody of 'e' is introduced on the flutes
At 1:45, The trupets play pi accompanied by strings whose chordal structure is also dictated by the digits.


Pi Symphony Movement #2 The CIRCLE (6:43 minutes)

Real Audio Sample (32kbps)
20 sec. Mp3 sample 400k

This sample opens with a fast run through the circle of fourths followed by a semi-dissonant pi.
At 1:00 into the sample, we begin harmonically around the circle of fourths.
At 2:03 you hear pi on the horns.

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