MP3’s of Multilingual Musical Mathmatical Dramatical Pi!


Can multiple recitations of the many digits of a mathematical constant be fun and entertaining? Yes!

Librivox volunteers recorded Pi to the 50th digit for Pi Day one year.  Here’s the number:


Some of these recordings are very creative.  The musical ones show how music can be made out of anything!  You can hear Pi recited like a Klingon, in French, Hungarian and Latin, in Pig Latin, very quickly, by kids, adults, while laughing, and the list goes on.

I’ll start with the recordings that are musical.

Hear Pi to the 50th digit…

Sung Like a Lullaby
Sung in Welsh
Sung like the Battle Hymn of the Republic
Sung like I’m a Modern Major General

Here’s an instrumental one.

Played on the Chinese Zither

The photo below is of a Chinese zither.  I believe the musician gave each string a number (starting with the first string) – to create a melody of the numbers of Pi to the 50th digit.


Here’s a recording by a 1ist grade class.

Recited by a 1st Grade Class

Pig Latin.

Pi Recited in Pig Latin

Quickly in English.

Pi Recited in one Breath

In other languages.

Pi to the 50th digit Recited in Chinese
Recited in French
Recited in Hungarian
Recited in Latin
Recited in Hebrew
Recited in Esperanto

Here are 2 for us geeks who like Star Trek:

Recited like the "Captain’s Log"
Recited in Klingon

Finally some that are even sillier:

Pi Recited Like a Phone Call

Recited like Pilots Landing a Plane

Pi to the 50th digit Laughed

There are a few more at the Librivox link above.

Enjoy Pi, guy!

Mama Lisa

Image at the top created by Mama Lisa.

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2 Responses to “MP3’s of Multilingual Musical Mathmatical Dramatical Pi!”

  1. Monique Says:

    I’m glad we didn’t have to know all these for our maths classes! We used it as 3,14 said trois / quatorze = three / fourteen, or 3,1416 said “trois / quatorze cent seize” = three / fourteen hundred and sixteen. As you can notice the French use a comma instead of a dot in figures and would use a dot where the English speaking people use a comma. Now we leave a space instead. When saying “1416” we say it as we would a date, i.e. using “14 hundred…” instead of “1 thousand 4 hundred…” as we would a regular figure.

  2. Monique Says:

    Here you can watch a video class/lecture shot in the Pi Room in the Palais de la Découverte in Paris. Sure the 30min video is in French, but you’ll see the room with the first 704 decimals. Besides, they say that there are at least 1,400 billion (yes!) digits after 3. There is no real use to this, but just the fact that “we did it”!

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