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. “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 . A commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested.

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But at least it gave me a better sense of what it means when someone says, “Music is so mathematical. It is probably closer to a textbook than a casual exploration of the marriage musimahhics mathematics and music.

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Topically, it was exactly what I was looking for, but the math was a little beyond me. Entertaining, secure, comprehensive, clear, authoritative, timely, up-to-date, well wrought in every way, these are for every music lover’s shelves. Near the beginning of volume 1 [page xvii] is this quote from Jung:.

Errata — yes, unfortunately, errors have been found in Musimathics. Clinton LeFort rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Apparently, he considered subtitling Musimathics”Everything I wanted to know about music when I was eleven” — about musicnote; not about “mathematics”.

The first volume of this book is a survey of cherry picked topics in music and math as it relates to music. The Mathematical Foundations of Music, Volume 1 4. Joel Schuman rated it really liked it Aug 12, Those with school algebra and physics who are performers, engineers, composers, listeners will almost inevitably get much from Musimathics.

Most of us have been there.

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Fingerprinting a Resonant System. Our ears gloss over these differences, hearing sound categorically. Patrick rated it liked it Dec 05, As definitive as is possible, certainly the leading resource in the field, it musimathicd meet many needs. Calling himself “a composer seduced into mathematics,” Loy provides answers to foundational questions about the mathematics of music accessibly yet rigorously.


Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music, Volume 1

This book is a very dense read. A Simple Programming Language for Music The way in which musical notes themselves work — as mathematical constructs musimathixs is amply covered.

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.

Completely in command of every last aspect of all the topics he surveys, Loy nevertheless manages to musimatihcs the impression that he’s exploring them with you, rather than for you.

Tlnc rated it really liked it Jun 22, The Mathematical Foundations of Music. Books by Gareth Loy. Selena Peoples rated it it was ok Nov 09, Yet never simplified, patronizing or diluted.

Home News Contacts Copyright. Manual authorization, support cases, and manual order processing will be delayed. The second volume looks more practical for actually implementing audio algorithms. Cross-references point to related topics and an extensive glossary defines commonly used terms.

I started reading this book because I was hoping that I could leverage my mathematics background to learn musimathivs music theory.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He has published widely and, during a long and successful career at the cutting edge of multimedia computing, has worked as a researcher, lecturer, programmer, software architect, musimathis digital systems engineer. I also respond to readers questions and errata notices. Want to Read saving…. 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.

It does strike a balance — between experience, and the need to make what might have been intimidating hitherto both understandable, and applicable in many a practical situation.


This is truly a landmark work of scholarship and pedagogy, and Gareth Loy presents it with quite remarkable rigor and humor.

Small differences in initial conditions can be amplified by such systems to such an extent that any error in measuring the initial conditions can render any long-range forecast of system behavior wildly inaccurate, even if there is no further disturbance to the system.

But immediately after the equation, Loy is there with “This equation says…” a full and clear explanation. 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. With the true gifts of a wise and sensitive teacher, Loy succeeds on every count. Aside from the standard Max patch grovelone of the most common categories of requests for assistance on the Max Forums seem to have to do with wrapping one’s head around the mathematics associated with a given task.

Even to a casual listener, the extent to which the former relies on the latter is obvious — if not always clear: But the best way to understand mathematics in music is really to understand the mathematics qua mathematics.

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. Additional material can be found musimafhics http: Jun 03, Rolf William rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. Taneil Panton rated it liked it Feb 02, That comprehensiveness musimathixs Musimathics both exciting and enlightening.

It will be obvious by now that this is a book wholeheartedly to be recommended for a wide readership.