Monday, February 19, 2007

Musical Cars

"C'mon Mike, another video??? Put a little effort in to it!"

I'm sorry, I'm sorry... The creative juices just aren't flowing at the moment. Instead my brain has been wrapped around stuff that would bore the common man to death. Don't believe me? Take a gander at this...

What we have here is a Renault R25 Formula 1 car with a 3-liter 72° V-10 engine playing "God Save the Queen" ("My Country 'Tis of Thee" to us Yanks). What is a French car doing playing the UK's national anthem you ask? Well they are based in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK, and this was filmed at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. They were being gracious guests.

Have I bored you yet? Not to bad so far, eh?

The common (normal) brain would see this and go 'cool' and be done with it. But not the one I was issued...

I had to figure out what RPM's you needed to play the notes. Searching Wikipedia I found out what the frequency was for each key on a piano and threw them on a spreadsheet. After figuring out (the hard way) that an engine fires half it's cylinders every rotation, I figured that the RPM needed for each note equaled the frequency in hertz multiplied by 120 divided by the number of cylinders. Then I dropped this formula on the spreadsheet, copied it down, and highlighted the the range of notes that a V10 Formula 1 engine could theoretically play. Want the proof? Look at the spreadsheet here.

Now I've bored you!

If I still haven't lost you, let me know if I am off on this. It seems to make sense to me.


Anonymous,  2/25/2007 9:56 PM  

What, no blog since the 19th? Getting lazy, are you? :) xoxo

Anonymous,  2/28/2007 12:01 AM  

Someone is slacking in the blog department!!!!!!!!!

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