p/q – Rational number decimals as rhythmic pattern

In this project, Ingo Randolf is searching for repeating decimal numbers to use the repeating patterns as rhythms. To do so, a pattern-recognition algorithm finds repeating patterns in a brute-force method of dividing prime numbers. These patterns will then be used as input to a rhythm machine.

Rational numbers are numbers that can be written as a ratio of two integers (e.g., 1/3). Some rational numbers are decimal numbers that either end after a certain number of digits (e.g., 1.25) or repeat (e.g., 0.3333…).

Prime numbers are integers only divisible by one or themselves. Every non-prime integer can be composed of prime numbers. Prime numbers are the building blocks of the realm of integers.

He will explore what kinds of rhythms come out of this experiment.