algebra, art, music

Mathematical Music Theory 4: Intro to Post-Tonal Methods

All right. Let's skip from first week of first year of music theory to something that probably won't come up until a music theory elective in your third year (yes, we're skipping two full years of theory here). What I'm going to describe is usually encountered in a class on "Post-tonal theory." This can be… Continue reading Mathematical Music Theory 4: Intro to Post-Tonal Methods

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art, math, music, physics

Mathematical Music Theory 3: Combination Tones

Today we'll cover one of the most dangerously overlooked consequences of what we've been talking about. I say it is overlooked because most people can probably get a degree in music composition without this ever once being mentioned. It should be obvious by the end of the post why it is dangerous for anyone writing… Continue reading Mathematical Music Theory 3: Combination Tones

art, math, music, physics

Mathematical Music Theory 1: The Overtone Series

Since I'm coming up dry on actual math, I thought I'd give a few lessons on music theory from a mathematical viewpoint. The overarching argument I'm going to try to make is that students of music (and of music composition in particular) need to know some math and physics. I think for the most part… Continue reading Mathematical Music Theory 1: The Overtone Series