Music surrounds you, is a part of you, and can be found all over the world in every culture. But what exactly makes music so powerful?

Radio-rithmetic dives into this subjective realm, using math and science to enlighten you as you investigate two main aspects of music: rhythm and pitch.

Rhythm is when you hear certain musical events, and covers beats, basic notation, meter, percussion instruments, etc. In the external investigation you will mathematically analyze the beats and rhythm of real songs, as well as what different cultures do with the idea of rhythm and why. In the action project you will choose your own song and analyze it in a similar fashion, to determine what makes it so special.

Pitch is more about what you actually hear, the sounds themselves and how they’re organized. You’ll learn about sound waves, intervals, dissonance and consonance, how science and effects can manipulate what you hear and what you like to hear, and once again how different cultures perceive pitch differently. Then you’ll focus on how to record and edit songs in the external investigation, eventually combining various elements into your own piece for the action project.