Fractals patterns in a drummer’s music

Fractal patterns are profoundly human – at least in music. This is one of the findings of a team headed by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts following an analysis of the drumming of Jeff Porcaro who played in the band Toto and who many fans believe set new standards. In both the rhythm and the loudness of his hits on the hi-hat, the researchers discovered self-similar patterns with structures in longer periods of time that resemble the structures present in shorter time intervals. People evidently prefer exactly this type of variation: totally precise percussion or hits varied purely at random were perceived as less agreeable. The sequence of our heartbeats also has fractal properties, and too much precision can even be life threatening here. —> Read More