What do you see? Ducks? Or Triangles?
His audience did indeed see beyond the ducks. Pupils from Arts & Media School Islington began to see only shapes, patterns and symmetry where once there had been DUCKS!! But surely there must be millions of possible patterns to be made which display symmetry. The ducks had other ideas – they say there are only 17 possibilities – and they quack very loudly indeed.
So my question is – are there such limits to patterns in music? Perhaps we will find out as we guide this group of students through creating music and dance from scientific patterns. So far they have chosen DNA and the double helix as their central theme with added symmetry from biological exhibits in the museum.
It is magic of course. Mathematical Magic.The evidence that pentagonal shapes can’t cover a surface seems to reinforce this idea. Most of the students felt it was an awkward shape just as they felt bars of 5/4 in music would be awkward. (Don’t worry I’ll soon put them right on that one).
There is magic in 3 fold symmetry too, which feels like movement in a still image…. waltzing around the Alhambra tiles.
Magic it certainly was to watch these young scholars exploring the exhibits looking for DNA, looking for patterns, looking for symmetry and thinking about music.
We shall see if Ducks, DNA and the Alhambra Palace appear in their compositions.
In the realm of Ducks there are 17 possibilities – let’s see what Music allows! Find out on March 18th at 11am – Free Tickets on Eventbrite