Mandel-Bach Journey: A Marriage of Musical and Visual Fractals

Harlan J. Brothers
Proceedings of Bridges 2010: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2010)
Pages 475–478 Short Papers


More than two centuries separate the writing of The Art of Fugue, by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the printing of the first graphical representation of the Mandelbrot set. Here we examine Bach’s Contrapunctus IX from a fractal perspective and listen as it accompanies a zoom into the Mandelbrot set.