Sarasota, Florida, March 11, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Pi = 3.14159265, as the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is the never repeating constant that has intrigued mathematicians and mystics alike for centuries. While this number may live in the mathematical space, it continues to capture the attention of millions of people worldwide, especially on Pi Day, which is on March 14th = (3/14).
Pi Day was started in 1988 by the physicist Larry Shaw at San Francisco's Exploratorium science museum. The original event featured reading of the digits of Pi, along with pie and moving around in circles. In 2009, The House of Representatives passed House Resolution 224, designating March 14, as National Pi Day. The resolution "encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.” And since then Pi Day has become an international event.
Pi Day 2015 is extra special because 3/14/15 points to the first five digits of Pi, making it the Pi Day of the century. So in response to this unique moment, multi-disciplinary mathartist John Sims has produced a three track CD called, 31415: The Pi Collection. The first track is the breakout single, “31415: The Pi Day Anthem,” featuring John Sims and mathmusician and youtube sensation Vi Hart covering the first 170 digits of Pi in a spoken digit duet. This track has been made into a music video that will launch on YouTube, March 4, 2015. The second track,“SquareMoon: A Binary Pi”, is a dance piece that combines the spoken digits of binary Pi over house beats. With the late virtuoso Kenny Drew Jr. on piano, the final track is an experimental jazz/blues/electronica mashup called “BluePi: The Sigma Remix”, based on the mapping of Pi into the key of B-flat. Each track on the CD is timed exactly at 03:14.
To preview the 31415: A Pi Day Anthem -Youtube Video see: http://youtu.be/NsKH5h7j2_o
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About John Sims
John Sims is a Detroit native and a multi-disciplinary mathartist who creates multimedia projects in the areas of visual mathematics, art, text and political activism. As the former coordinator of mathematics at Ringling College Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, he designed a visual mathematics curriculum for artists and visual thinkers. Sims has curated more than 15 mathematical art exhibitions including the exhibition/film project called Rhythm of Structure: Bowery and Beyond which featured over 75 artists and poets. He has lectured and exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work has been featured in Nature, Science News, Sculpture, FiberArts, Art in America, BOMB, NYArts, CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post. See below related Pi articles/ reference on John Sims.
Quilting Pi by Ivars Peterson
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About Vi Hart
Vi Hart has attracted several million views to anti-Pi videos such as "Pi is (still) Wrong" and "Anti-Pi Rant." Despite her skepticism that Pi was the right choice for math, even Vi cannot deny that Pi makes beautiful music and sweet sweet beats. She uses Pi daily in her research on virtual reality 360 video, but thinks Pi is happiest when used in art.
Kenny Drew Jr.
Kenny Jr. has performed worldwide with a comprehensive variety of musicians, including Stanley Jordan, Out of the Blue (OTB), Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Grossman, Yoshiaki Masuo, Sadao Watanabe, Smokey Robinson, Frank Morgan, Daniel Schnyder, and many others. He was the winner of the 1990 Great American jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville FL. He has appeared as a leader at many major festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Kyoto Jazz Festival, Savannah on Stage Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, and the Newark Jazz Festival.
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