A Carnatic Konnakol Riffing On Fibonacci

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if an Indian Carnatic master of Konnakol, the art of performing percussion syllables, were to make music based on the Fibonacci Sequence? Me neither but I am very happy that B.C. Manjunath did just that.

You don’t have to be a math geek, or any kind of geek, to be fascinated by Fibonacci, which is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, …). Especially seeing at it can be found nearly everywhere you look, as long you know what to look for it.

The Fibonacci numbers were not discovered by Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, he was just the first guy to introduce them to the Western World in 1202. There are earlier examples described in Indian Mathematics and other examples dating back to 200 B.C.

The Whirlpool Galaxy
The Whirlpool Galaxy

Its the beauty they describe that I find fascinating and when it comes to its appearance in nature, Fibonacci is not some underlying force, but rather it imposed onto things by an attempt at making sense.

For a more detailed look at the Fibonacci Tala by B C Manjunath, visit Soundslice.