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The Lateracci Mix: A Visual


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Been thinking about this one a lot the last few days. Had a dream the other night exposing another layer, and today I finally wrapped my brain around the visual part of the Lateralus Fibonacci Sequence, which I’m starting to call, affectionately, the Lateracci Mix. Or the Fiboralus. Take your pick. Or, in the spirit of the piece itself, come up with your own. Call it what you want. Think outside the box. Be your own person. Is all I’m saying.

To recap, there are 13 tracks on Lateralus. It’s been found through analysis that when these tracks are “arranged in the Fibonacci Sequence”, the album’s true beauty becomes evident. The transitions between the tracks on this Lateracci Mix are startlingly seamless; any Tool fan who listens to the album in this order will get the kind of chills one gets when she solves a riddle. And the best part is that she didn’t even realize was a riddle in the first place. It’s one of the coolest feelings the Universe has to offer.

Once again, the Lateracci Mix is:

6, 7, 5, 8, 4, 9, 13, 1, 12, 2, 11, 3, 10

Okay, cool. But really, do you get it? I have yet to see anybody draw it out, so I volunteered. Works like this:

There are two spirals. One spirals in, the other spirals out in the opposite direction. Like our yin and yang, our yes and no, our good and evil, our black and white, our hot and cold, our left and right, our up and down, our on and off, our here and there, our then and now, and our me and you, it’s all about balance. And balance is what sacred geometry is all about.

Back to our numbers. First, we take the 13 tracks in chronological order:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Now, we start from the center of the sequence, which is 7. The trick is to pair it up with its neighbor, the perfect number 6. Starting with this pair of numbers, 6 and 7, we create a spiral outward, crossing off track numbers with each segment of the spiral, essentially defining the first half of the Lateracci Mix.

This first spiral (out) is represented in red, spiraling out from 6 to 9:

6, 7, 5, 8, 4, 9

The second spiral (in) is represented in blue, spiraling in from 13 to 10:

13, 1, 12, 2, 11, 3, 10

And there we have it.

6, 7, 5, 8, 4, 9, 13, 1, 12, 2, 11, 3, 10

I hope you enjoy tripping out on this one as much as I have. Spiral out, keep going. Do something creative and share it. Some of us are listening.



3 comments… add one
  • thundy October 29, 2007, 5:28 pm

    total lateracci!

  • PaulieC October 30, 2007, 3:30 pm

    my brain is winding out! it’s pretty deep and it draws you in – like a black hole.

  • Rob October 30, 2007, 6:04 pm

    Thanks Jace, that was really cool. Unfortunatly, since you got my attention and I learned something new, some other, probably important information just got tossed from my memory. Ha ha, you are truly amazing.

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