I was up late one night researching and writing. Needing a break and a lift, I switched on Michael Jackson’s masterpiece music video “Thriller.” Amazing how timeless and energizing it is! I especially like the key climax point, when Michael suddenly transforms into the dancing zombie.
Too cool. Then it occurred to me out of the blue… I wonder exactly where this key point occurs in the video? Could it be anywhere near the Golden Ratio—at either the 38% or 62% point in the overall length of the video? Feeling that sense of growing excitement that always comes when on the hunt for the ubiquitous Golden Ratio fingerprint of genius, I noted the exact total length of the video: 13:41, or 821 seconds. Then I let it roll, noting the iTunes timer. When Michael made his transformation into the zombie the timer read 8:29.
A quick calculation revealed the hidden secret: 13:41 = 821 seconds total length; 8:29 = 509 seconds marked the climax point; 509/821 = .619… 62% of the way through the video. Amazing!
Try it yourself on your favorite songs. More often than not, I’m sure you’ll find what I have over and over again: at just around or right on either the 38% or 62% point of the total length of the song, an obvious shift occurs. Whether it’s a musical interlude, tempo shift or the like, the fingerprint of the Golden Ratio shows up far too often to be mere chance.
We’ll be “Thrilled” 🙂 to see your Golden Ratio song examples.