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Contributing Writer, Dove Lilly Design
May 23, 2022
Here is my latest blog post.  The topic is on possiblities.
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Content Developer-Math, Byjus
May 21, 2022
When I heard #JohnMcLaughlin’s ‘#Shakti’ (well check it out, if you haven’t heard this gem yet), it was mind-blowing. That is when I chanced upon the YT channel EMNM (Extreme Math Nerd Music) and found out about #Konnakol and this forms out story #38.

​​For starters, #Konnakol is a #Carnatic art form in which an artist performs percussion syllables vocally. It uses a spoken element of solkattu, meaning, while the artist voices out Konnakol syllables, he/she also counts the tala (meter) with their hands.

This South Indian tradition uses some of the most extreme #mathematics to create complex music full of polyrhythms, geometric patterns, and metric modulations.

A video by musician B.C. Manjunath has become viral around the world. It shows how Konnakol can emulate the Fibonacci sequence.
Manjunath uses the Konnakol to show the consistency of the sequence (Check out the video link given.)

However, Konnakol shows much more complex mathematics. For example, Yati in Carnatic Music is expanding or decreasing syllabic patterns that, when written down, create a geometric shape.

While music is often thought to be subjective, #Carnatic music sets itself apart where every change in beat or rhythm can be mathematically traced.

Must watch videos:
<1> John McLaughlin & Shakti "Joy" (Live Montreux 1976) -
<2> Extreme Math Nerd Music (An Intro to Konnakol) -
<3> | B C Manjunath video -

Other Sources:
<1> Artist Performing 'Konnakol' Using the Fibonacci Sequence Has Intrigued the Internet by News 18.
<2> Konnakol Music and Maths - blog post by Kian Nagpal.
<3>The History and Development of Solkattu - the Vocal Syllables - of the Mridangam. Lisa Young

#carnatic #music #konnakol #math #mathstories #story38
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Contributing Writer, Dove Lilly Design
May 16, 2022
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