Tidbits•March 14, 2012 8:48 AM ET
In honor of today's date, After the Burial has uploaded the track "Pi (The Mercury God Of Infinity) 2011 Extended Mix."
Ok, so there was a song on After the Burial's debut album called "Pi (The Mercury God Of Infinity)." The song's structure is purportedly derived from the mathematical term pi:
"The snare is on beat three in 4/4 time at 120 bpm. A crash cymbal accents beat one of the first measure in 4/4. It is repeated every four measures. Now this is where it gets tricky: the china cymbal. It's hard to feel the breakdown in Pi at 120 bpm, and this is mostly due to the china cymbal, which is playing a 4 over 3 (4/3) dotted-eighth note ostinato that begins on the 'E' of one. Confused? Check it out: A quarter note is equal to one beat in 4/4 time, but so are two eighth notes, or 4 sixteenth notes. It's all about subdividing note values. When you count a measure of 4/4 in quarter notes, it's: 1, 2, 3, 4. When counting in eighth notes, it's: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +. (a plus sign refers to the spoken count 'and' ex. 'One and two and three and four and') When counting in sixteenths, it's: 1 E + A 2 E + A 3 E + A 4 E + A. (Spoken: 'One e and a two e and a three e and a four e and a'). So when I say the china starts on the 'E' of one, I'm referring to the spoken counting value assigned to the second 16th note in a quarter note blah blah blah blah blah..."Long story short, they took the song and extended it to cover additional decimal places in pi. Cool, huh? No, not really. But here you go: