Fascinating: The Mathematical Origins of Music

Gary Whelan, the drummer in the Happy Mondays, is a mate of mine. The last time we got together for lunch to talk about all things musical, we ended up down a fascinating rathole about how our music is tuned wrong. Instead of having our middle A tuned at 440 Hz, it really should be at 432 Hz. (This week’s Ongoing History of New Music details the “conspiracy” behind the reason for universal 440 Hz tuning.)

Gaz forwarded this video about music and math that, at the very least, gives some very good (and non-sinister) reasons middle A should be at 432 Hz.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Fascinating: The Mathematical Origins of Music

  • October 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    What kind of occult nonsense is this? In 2:31 he says “you might MEASURE in metric, but when we consider the world it reverts to miles and geometric degrees”. Hell no, most of the world uses metric and stays in metric.
    Don’t verge into New Age crap.


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