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Musimathics: the mathematical foundations of music. Volume 1

Musimathics: the mathematical foundations of music. Volume 1

Loy, D. Gareth

A commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music, this work is a useful reference for musicians, music engineers, and those interested in the intersection of art and science. A commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested in the intersection of art and science."Mathematics can be as effortless as humming a tune, if you know the tune," writes Gareth Loy. In Musimathics, Loy teaches us the tune, providing a friendly and spirited tour of the mathematics of music-a commonsense, self-contained introduction for the nonspecialist reader. It is designed for musicians who find their art increasingly mediated by technology, and for anyone who is interested in the intersection of art and science.In Volume 1, Loy presents the materials of music (notes, intervals, and scales); the physical properties of music (frequency, amplitude, duration, and timbre); the perception of music and sound (how we hear); and music composition. Calling himself "a composer seduced into mathematics," Loy provides answers to foundational questions about the mathematics of music accessibly yet rigorously. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio.Additional material can be found at http://www.musimathics.com

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Published Cambridge, Mass.; London: MIT Press, c2006
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Statement of responsibility: Gareth Loy
ISBN: 0262278596, 9780262278591
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xviii, 482 p. : ill.
Subject: Music.; Music theory Mathematics.; Art music, orchestral & formal music; Philosophy of mathematics; Theory of music & musicology; History of mathematics; Music reviews & criticism; Mathematics; Music Acoustics and physics.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780262516556