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Lab Track: Lateralus

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Today’s lab track is math rock! I was hipped to this track over the weekend, which is kind of shameful, since I loooove odd and changing meters and this song came out way back in the Napster era. Oops.

Tool’s Lateralus is inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, both in the lyrics (the syllables begin with 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and then go back down) and the time signature (9/8, 8/8, 7/8 — 987 is the 16th integer of the Fibonacci sequence). The song itself describes humanity’s efforts to better understand the universe.

Tap your foot and count along. It’s fun!

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