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Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music, Volume 1

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"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 a ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published June 16th 2006 by MIT Press (MA)
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Wes Devauld
Aug 23, 2011 Wes Devauld rated it liked it
I started reading this book because I was hoping that I could leverage my mathematics background to learn some music theory. The author does a decent job bringing together information on a very large topic. The writing is casual, and the author builds up both music theory and mathematical theory so that the writing is accessible to most. Being that I have a fairly deep understanding of mathematics, I found most of explanations of mathematics to be a waste of time but if you are reading this book ...more
Rolf William
Mar 22, 2013 Rolf William rated it liked it
The first volume of this book is a survey of cherry picked topics in music and math as it relates to music.

There were a lot of errors in the musical notation, which makes me wonder how much of the math and physics have errors. I was not paying close attention to any of the equations. The second volume looks more practical for actually implementing audio algorithms.

The author spends too long on his algorithmic composition chapter at the end. It's like 1/3 of the entire book.

Problems aside, this b
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This book was awesome. Topically, it was exactly what I was looking for, but the math was a little beyond me. But at least it gave me a better sense of what it means when someone says, "Music is so mathematical." I'd love to take a class on this.
May 06, 2014 Carl rated it it was amazing
This book brought together a great number of threads that I had discovered for myself in a more cohesive way. The math and the physics behind our perception of music has allowed me to approach composition in a completely different way.
Brian Coupland
Oct 06, 2011 Brian Coupland rated it it was amazing
another cliche "if you love music and hate math, this is the book for you" review. it was at least good enough for me to feel guilty for not saying anything at all about it.
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