edanet     Fri, Sep 12, 2008  Permanent link
Hi, I knew your wonderful Music Box before. I like it very much! My Spidrons were also sonified.
Thanx for uploading. Are you involved in this project?


Michael Gaio     Fri, Sep 12, 2008  Permanent link
Thanks. Am I involved with which project? The Whitney Music Box project? Yes, it is open source and collaborative. The Space Collective? Yes, I love it!

Your Spidrons are incredible ... fantastic work. Doing it in material 3D!

edanet     Sat, Sep 20, 2008  Permanent link
Mike! I do, I upload the newest now! That's right!
BenRayfield     Sun, Jul 4, 2010  Permanent link
I can see why they call it a "music box". I'm surprised how advanced the music becomes, being based only on a few simple rules: The outermost dot moves at speed x, the second outermost dot at 2x, the third outermost dot at 3x, and so on. All of them rotating clockwise, they start their note when passing the same line from the center to the right side of the screen.

Whitney Music Box

The dots often align into lines from the center to the outside of the circle, into different numbers of evenly spaced lines. You can get an intuition of math from watching and listening to it. School is boring because of the ineffective and tedious ways they teach things, but if they used things like the "Whitney Music Box" (as 1 of many things to learn from), it would not be that way.

Your adaptation is interesting because it displays notes in 2 dimensions, plus what it normally does, but overall it moves too fast.
BenRayfield     Mon, Jul 19, 2010  Permanent link

Most people don't realize how important the Whitney Music Box is to understanding math. Some kinds of encryption depend on modular math, and that part is simple if viewed the right ways, but its not taught in school early enough. The Whitney Music Box should be one of the first few things taught in math classes. I added it to the but somebody shortened it, probably because most people think math should be understood through numbers and symbols and equations instead of colors, sounds, and movement patterns, which are the way people learn most things. An other example of modulo math is learned when you run across a road with evenly spaced cars driving by at constant speed. The timing of when to start running is at a specific modular (relativeTiming % timeBetweenCars) remainder relative to any 1 car's position. That is learned the same way the Whitney Music Box is experienced.

I wrote this around the link: Whitney Music Box is a simple and intuitive audio/video demonstration of integer modular math, which you will see when the dots align into n number of straight lines more often than you would expect. The page describes it as: "In three minutes, the largest dot will travel around the circle once, the next largest dot will travel around the circle twice, the next largest dot three times, and so on." Each dot plays its note each time it passes its starting position. This is also described in the book "Digital Harmony".

This is how people should learn math. Its thousands of times more effective than numbers and equations without intuition of how it fits together. There is a trend in society to value and respect things that are harder to do, like learning math the same way experts understand math (by complicated equations), or thinking a product is more valuable because its price is higher. If people would think about why that Wikipedia page had no such examples on it (before I added Whitney Music Box), then it could lead to finding easy solutions to many other problems people think are hard.