First Friday Fractals

First Friday Fractals is the spectacular, award-winning fulldome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining, and suitable for audiences 3 and up.

Next Shows:  Friday, March 4

at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science

at 1801 Mountain Road, NW, in Albuquerque NM

Adults $10, Seniors $7, Children (3-12) $5

Photo by Velvet Valentine

Photo by Velvet Valentine

Please be aware: These shows almost always sell out (396 times, so far), so please buy tickets in advance. Online ticket sales end at noon on Friday of the show, and if there are any tickets late, you may buy them at the door that evening. Also, you must arrive at the Museum at LEAST 10 minutes prior to showtime to pick up your willcall tickets. There is NO late-seating, as the planetarium is extremely dark, and there are no refunds. Sorry!

Show Credits:

First Friday Fractals is produced and narrated by Jonathan Wolfe, Ph.D.

The lead composer and sound designer is Daniel Wolfe, who produced the music for the following animations from the show:

Ahonia (intro), Galanga, Hypermeshy, Mandelirium, Featherino, Peacock, Morphalingus, Triumple, Shroomungous, Butterfly Meltdown, Iftikhar, Xylengi, Hagen, Bulbia, Canyonero, Bulbalicious, Sportal.

Kan’Nal / Tierro Lee produced the music for:

Glomey / All Things Change, Oxlahun, Novamorph.

Fractal Formulas & Software:

Jonathan Wolfe, Tania Goldfeder-Wolfe, Velvet Valentine, Bert Hickman, Robert Fathauer, Jef Duncan, Jennifer Warren, Jani Patokallio, Jared Tarbell, Bernard Malamud (Kings College, London), Paul de Koninck (Université Laval), T. Janka (Max Planck Inst. for Astrophysics), Ronald Thomas (New Mexico Tech), PK Yeung (Georgia Tech), NASA, Google Earth.


23 Responses to “First Friday Fractals”
  1. Daniel says:

    I love this show and can’t wait to see it again! I especially love the original music, too. Great new site, by the way!!

  2. stewart lawrence says:

    I would like to know how one participates in this great new idea i am an eighty two year old fractal artist recognized world wide check out my images and respond i am a fractal master my images are called novagraf
    My images all have good art elements

  3. Chris Martin says:

    I am dying for that playlist, you promised! The songs from your equally talented brother “Daniel Wolfe” to the music from your boys in Boulder, it is a soundtrack for a smooth evening of Fractal Jams and I want to find those songs you played last night during “Fractal’s Rock”. Please post a track listing when you get a chance. Thanks!

  4. Ruth Graham says:

    When will you have another Fractal Rock? I loved it!

  5. FractalMan says:

    Fractals Rock! will return next summer.
    Please feel free to contact the NM Natural History Museum Foundation (505.841.2801) to let them know if you’d like to see Fractals Rock! run year-round. Thanks for your interest!

  6. stephanie rippel says:

    I would LOVE to see Fractals Rock year round!!!!

  7. Theodore says:

    Phenomenal! Any chance you would be looking to sell the technology/knowhow or be willing to partner to bring this show/technology to Toronto Canada?

  8. Angela Hinton says:

    Incredible show! Excellent for young children and older children. Great way to get them interested in math and art. You can’t imagine nor put words to the must SEE it!

  9. Jason Holley says:

    This an excellent and consciousness-altering experience. Have come for the Friday Fractals and now Fractal Rock! I hope that it will still be around early next year as I plan to come with my students in Psychology of Consciousness (at Southwestern College in Santa Fe ) — we look at consciousness in terms of complexity science — in which individuals, families, cultures, historical periods have self-similar organizing patterns and therefore also inter-influencing effects on one another. There is something about this visual transmission of that which really brings it home, helps people to see the world in this way. How when we zoom in on an individual life we see the patterns of the family, the culture repeated, therefore can work for transformation at many different levels macro and microcosmic.

    I also so appreciate your enthusiasm and generosity with this show. And great music. Thank you.

  10. anthony says:

    Thank you for the show yesterday. I also think some Mahler would go great…
    Any thoughts of converting fractals to produce sound digitally?

  11. Frank McCandless says:

    Hey, I’m so bummed that Fractals Rock is over for the year! PLEASE tell us that the show will be back again! Why on earth can’t you do this show all year? It’s super popular, really fun, and it always sells out. Please consider doing more Fractals Rock shows, please!
    Thank you for creating such an awesome experience, I just wish we could have more of it!

  12. Linda says:

    I’m so thankful that my Son and I got to see the show in June 2011. I had no idea that it would be the last for a while. We waited years for a first friday to happen where I was off work. It was as great as I hoped it would be and my Son enjoyed it as well.

  13. BETH H. says:

    I am a UNMHospital RN so I saw the posting on my work e-mail from UNM Leisure services. I have been fasinated with fractals since I saw PBS’s Colors of Infinity. I didn’t know you existed until my husband and I went to our first show last night (10-7-2011) WOW!!!! I am going to take the online course. See you soon at the Fractals Rock Show.

  14. Leyla says:

    Fantastic concept. Do these shows come to Australia? If not we have a company called United Events that could bring it here? My email is enclosed. Would love to arrange something.

  15. Mason says:

    Awesome show! We’ve seen it twice and can’t wait to see it again.

  16. Dona Wolfe says:

    I would love to see the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, get involved with this wonderful foundation. I’m printing out some info from your web to give to them on December 10th.

  17. Damien says:

    Dayyyyummm, Son. This is cool as bees knees.

  18. Laura Gonzales says:

    Loved tonight’s show, can hardly wait for the next one!

  19. Selena says:

    Amazing show! Have seen twice and plan to do it again! A must see!

  20. Dan M says:

    As an avid fractal fan I love the original music from Daniel W. I am not sure what copy right laws there are to navigate but how about a Led Zepplin show?

  21. Kaatje says:

    Had fractals on my PC in the mid-1990s and was already hooked! The show last Saturday was literally out of this world. I used to skydive and have never found anything even close to that experience. Unbelievable that we have this right here, in good old Burque! The sensation is exactly the same as falling through the sky at 9 m/s/s, except for the expense and the risk of death (I ended up spending a year in a SCI unit after an accident). So…for a reformed adrenaline junkie and seeker or happiness, this show by Jonathan is, well, I have no words for his genius. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Fractal Foundation!

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