“Lateralus” by Tool. A koto rendition, and a Fibonacci analysis.

A rendition of the song “Lateralus” by Tool as performed by 8 koto players.

An analysis of how the Fibonacci sequence is used in the song.

Thanks to Kindralas for this one.


2 Responses to “Lateralus” by Tool. A koto rendition, and a Fibonacci analysis.

  1. kindralas says:

    The most amazing thing about Tool is that they have a huge amount of this sort of thing, and because of it, it can take years to get everything about a particular song. I haven’t seen a single source that gets all of the things in Lateralus.

    The lyrics begin at approximately 1:37 in the song, which is approximately 1.618 minutes, which most Dan Brown fans should recognize as the golden ratio. If you divide each number in the Fibonacci sequence by the previous one, the result approaches that ratio. The video missed that.

    A friend of mine here is a big Dream Theater fan, and he’s tried to get me into Dream Theater, kind of trying to latch it onto my fandom of Tool. The thing is that Dream Theater is probably, on the whole, better players than Tool (the guitar work is certainly worlds more complex), but I think there’s something more to music than making it sound cool and playing really fast. I can’t deny bands like Dream Theater and Dragonforce can play their instruments well, but I can’t say there’s really much meaning there.

    Tool has a capacity to inject so much meaning to songs that I’m still figuring them out. I first bought AEnima shortly after moving to Virginia, some 11 years ago now, and just last week, I gained some new insights into songs on that album. More than any other band I’ve ever listened to, the music of Tool tends to change according to the mood and circumstances in which you listen to it.

    It’s why they can make songs like Prison Sex and Stinkfist, and still come across as artsy.

    At any rate, for more thinking man’s Tool songs, I recommend the whole of the Lateralus album, in particular The Grudge and Reflection, as well as songs like Forty Six and 2, H., Pushit, and Intension off of their other albums.

  2. Bpaul says:

    Fantastic, thanks so much for this post. I’ve always been drawn to Tool, even during periods when I’m not feeling the metal edge as much.



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