Friday, July 07, 2006

THEME: Math Related Tracks

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia's article on math:

"The evolution of mathematics might be seen to be an ever-increasing series of abstractions, or alternatively an expansion of subject matter. The first abstraction was probably that of numbers. The realization that two apples and two oranges have something in common, namely that they fill the hands of exactly one person, was a breakthrough in human thought. In addition to recognizing how to count physical objects, prehistoric peoples also recognized how to count abstract quantities, like timedays, seasons, years. Arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), naturally followed. Monolithic monuments testify to knowledge of geometry."

Now, that's some learning for a Friday morning. Not only is math a "series of abstractions" or such, it's a damn good motivation behind song titles. Here are some of Macktronic's favorite math-related tracks, let me know if you've got some more.

::: Modest Mouse - Never Ending Math Equation
::: The Pixies - Distance Equals Rate Times Time
::: Radiohead - 2+2=5
::: Broken Social Scene - 7/4
::: Ima Robot - 12=3
::: Les Savy Fav - One to Three
::: Rogue Wave - 10:1
::: The Willowz - Equation #2
::: Kings Of New England - The Future Minus

As always, you should buy these albums if you like the music. One good place to do this is Insound, which is having a summer special. For 10% off any order, use the code "ilovesummer10" at checkout. For 15% off any order over 50 bucks, use the code "ilovesummer15". And, free shipping with orders over 30 bucks. Just FYI. To order the Kings of New England album, contact the band through their myspace site.

[Photo credit goes to aaroneous; let's hear it for the quadratic equation!]