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From his long and successful experience as a composer and computer-music researcher, Gareth Loy knows what is challenging and what is important. That comprehensiveness makes Musimathics both exciting and enlightening. The book is crystal clear, so that even advanced issues appear simple. Musimathics will be essential for those who want to understand the scientific foundations of music, and for anyone wishing to create or process musical sounds with computers.(Jean-Claude Risset, Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique, CNRS, France)
Musimathics is destined to be required reading and a valued reference for every composer, music researcher, multimedia engineer, and anyone else interested in the interplay between acoustics and music theory. This is truly a landmark work of scholarship and pedagogy, and Gareth Loy presents it with quite remarkable rigor and humor.(Stephen Travis Pope, CREATE Lab, Department of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara)
As a person with a career that involves various engineering disciplines, and who has had a lifelong interest in music, I found that this book ties the two worlds together for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C.R.
Look inside this book before you buy.
On page 65 of volume 1, the author begins with
s^2 (((sqrt(5/4))^5)) = 2
(notation for "s squared times ((the... Read more
I bought this book for someone close to me and they absolutely love it! They talk about it all the time and they keep mentioning how so many things in music makes sense. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Enny
A well written textbook and not too dry. I wish I used it more in the class I bought it for, considering the price.Published 13 months ago by David VanderMeer
This answers so many questions I've had about music since I started playing the guitar. It explains scales and harmony really well and relates it to both physics of instruments and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carl Sandrock
I have always wondered about the differences between a note played on different instruments, and how this affects the sound wave, and this book explained this well. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by David Lynch
Particularly interesting was the discusion of the development and construction of scales over centuries of time. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Frederic Sjostrom
This is like a bible... you can never finish reading the book.
If you put yourself in the shoes of who wrote the book, you will realize that the book is really worth... Read more
This book is an excellent introduction to music and how it relates to math. The beginning of the book focuses more on music theory and the physics behind how sound is produced. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Abby Anderson