Musician Michael John Blake uses different instruments to transform the number Pi into a song.

Ever wonder what Pi would sound like as a song?

Musician Michael John Blake interprets one of the most important mathematical numbers (and creates a little jingle)


Amy Steinberg
March 9, 2011 10:44AM (UTC)

In a viral YouTube video, musician Michael John Blake explains how he assigns numbers to notes and chords in order to play Pi up to 31 decimal places. To further secure this link between math and music, Blake assures us that he plays the song at 157 beats per minute (which is 314 divided by two, of course). With the help of  more than ten instruments, what results is a neat little tune that sounds like this: 

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Amy Steinberg

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