Into My Arms
(On how to play a love song)
All notes of the song are played simultaneously even though they are not heard at the same time
You are located in one spot, let´s call it listening point, from there have been placed in a straight line 647 pianos, the first one is placed at three feet of distance from the listening point and the last one at 54.85423 miles. Each piano plays just one note of the song and all of the notes are played at the same time. The melody is not built by the sequence of notes in time, but by the succession of notes in space. At the listening point the song is heard normally, as if it was played by a single pianist in a single piano.
Taking as constants that sound travels at 1,126 feet per second and Into My Arms is played at a speed of 88 beats per minute (♩ = 681.818182 milliseconds) in order to articulate the melody between one time and the other must be a distance of 767.706 feet, based on this relation the 647 pianos are distributed, having 191.925 feet as the shortest distance between one piano and another equivalent to ¼ of time and the longest distance 4,606.240 feet between the 600th and the 601st pianos that correspond to the third bar signature of the twenty-sixth system in which the note is maintained during 6 times.
The first piano plays with a sound intensity of 10-5 W/m2 equivalents to 70 dB (forte), in order to maintain the same intensity at the listening point although the pianos are placed at different distances they should increase the sound intensity of the following 646 pianos, based in W=I(4¶·r2), I1=W/4¶, L1=10(logI1/10-12), so that the second piano should sound at 117.38 dB, the third piano at 123.40 dB and so on the intensity will increase logarithmically causing that the fifth piano, located 2 686.971 feet, will sound with the same force as the most powerful human scream that has been registered (128.26 dB), that the thirteenth piano equates its sound power to a train whistle (135.44dB) and the note that is thrown by the fifteenth piano, located just over 1 mile from the listening point (1.242 miles), sounds as loud as the loudest concert of history that , according to Guinness World Records, was given by KISS in Ottawa, Canada, on July 15, 2009 (136.46 dB). From the twenty-second piano, pianists that play the piece will suffer an irreparable harm in their ears, they will never hear in the same way they did after playing this song (140.21 dB). The sound pressure of the E note that comes out of the twenty-fifth piano will provoke nausea to pianists (141.38 dB), the F note of the thirtieth will make them feel an intense throbbing in the chest (143.34 dB), the C note of the thirty-fifth will itch their noses and the A note of the fortieth will cloud their vision (145.29 dB). The intensity of the note produced by the ninety-ninth piano will make their throats vibrate that much that will be impossible for them to swallow (153.14 dB) and from the hundredth twenty-second piano they will feel a notorious temperature decrease cause by the air expansion (155 dB). From the three hundredth twenty-fourth piano, placed right in the middle of all pianos, each note will make the ground tremble and the glass lenses of pianists will break (163 dB). Although slowly, the intensity keeps on increasing, so that each of the 223 pianos that are between the three hundredth sixty-sixth and the five hundredth eighty-ninth will throw a sound blast as intense as a jet turbine (164 dB - 167.98 dB) and the last 47 pianos that compound the final chorus will have the sonic power of the explosion of a hand grenade (168 dB - 168.91 dB). Screams, nausea, itchy noses, tremor (and fear), 223 planes taking off and 47 explosions altogether more than 200 million watts (W 212 739 551), equivalent to 285288,388 horsepower that would produce the same power of 226 Formula 1 cars running at full speed and you, at the listening point just hearing a simple love song.