Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #223: 160810
[Song from a band beginning with Q]
What can be said about the most famous stadium anthem of all time that you probably don’t already know? Perhaps something about non-harmonic reverberation maybe?
Maths and music – ever a partnership and certainly present here. It’s all to do with how the song was crafted. For starters the stamping effects were created by the band overdubbing the sounds of themselves stomping and clapping many times and then adding delay effects to create a sound like many people were participating. Secondly, the durations of the delays were in the ratios of prime numbers, a technique now known as non-harmonic reverberation. And finally a tape loop is used to repeat the last phrase of the guitar solo three times as opposed to Brian May playing it three separate times on the recording. So now you know! Maths and music!