Disclaimer: I know I called this blog “Fantastic Machines”, and I promised I would talk about robotics, science, programming or related topics, but this is too mind-blowing to ignore.
Just by chance I stumbled upon this post by John Cook. Music and mathematics share a lot, and he does a good job at explaining the connections.
Here are two artists I love: Radiohead and Dave Brubeck. They play different music (although you could argue that Radiohead are inspired by jazz, see for example Pyramid Song). The latest album by Radiohead, which I personally don’t like, sounds more like dance than jazz. However somebody spotted some similarities between Take Five (Brubeck) and 15 Step (Radiohead). If you put them together you get the result below.
Crazy, isn’t it? By the way, you should listen to Brubeck’s Take Five alone, and Blue Rondo a la Turk, both in the great album Time Out.
You might be wondering what this has to do with robotics… Well Jazz and robotics are very well fit, as shown in the following video (the soundtrack is Deckchair, by Acoustic Ladyland).