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Math game that featured Bach and Mozart

Around 1995 I played a game on the Mac in school that was for educational purposes, supposedly for the purposes of drilling math skills, and had Mozart Symphony no. 40 (1st movement and but I think 3rd as well), Bach BWV 999, and possibly some Paganini as well, as background music. Do you know what it was?
posted by Busoni on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Making the impossible possible

Help with a simultaneously math & non-math question: Finding the square root of a negative number was impossible until imaginary numbers came along. What are examples of other things that were impossible until we altered systems that have been created? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous on May 24, 2012 - 22 answers

The economics of travelling bands

I'm told that for bands, the money is in live gigs - not much comes in from album sales. However. I was at a concert in Los Angeles recently, full house of about 500. Three bands, of which two had recently played Coachella. $25 general admission. This, to me, seems like terrible money. What's really going on? Help me overthink my plate of beans. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Sep 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Help finding beautiful science, math and music posters

Help me find beautiful posters with science, math or music as the subject. [more inside]
posted by storybored on Aug 10, 2008 - 33 answers

Please Rock My Boat

Trying to find similar songs like these: electronic-ish with math-like beats. [more inside]
posted by cashman on May 2, 2008 - 36 answers

Where to learn more about sound synthesis

Where do I start learning more about sound synthesis? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Jan 21, 2007 - 9 answers

What are the odds?

MathFilter: What are the odds? I have exactly 5,115 mp3's on my iPod. I was just sitting here at work listening to it shuffle through stuff. "Me, Myself, and I" by De La Soul came on, THEN when that was over it was immediately followed by "Freak" by George Clinton. The De La Soul track samples heavily from "Freak". What are the mathematical odds that the next track in a random playlist would be the sample source of the previous song?
posted by letterneversent on Mar 16, 2006 - 34 answers

The other kind of math rock.

Looking for songs about math! My girlfriend's sister just got into a Ph.D. program for mathematics and we're making her a mix CD to help celebrate. Poppy indie rock especially good. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Feb 23, 2006 - 68 answers

Why does a major key sound confident and happy, while a minor key can sound sinister or sad?

How can a major key sound confident and happy, while a minor key can sound sinister or sad? Is it just centuries of musical brainwashing, or is there a real mathematical explanation?
posted by Pretty_Generic on May 7, 2004 - 16 answers

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