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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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This book brought together a great number of threads that I had discovered for myself in a more cohesive way.

With the true gifts of a wise and sensitive teacher, Loy succeeds on every count. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Perhaps most significant for Classical Net music lovers is Loy’s very human approach — for all that one of the book’s appendices deals in just the right amount of detail with the musical programming language which he developed, MUSIMAT. Hardcoverpages. If the series stops with 2, you have the second printing, etc.

Problems aside, this b The first volume of this book is a survey of cherry picked topics in music and math as it relates to music. Cycling ’74 will be closed Monday, October 8th.

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Joel Schuman rated it really liked it Aug 12, Certainly as a discipline with its own logic, albeit one that serves the interests of music. Maladie rated it really liked it May 31, Francisco Vallarino rated it it was amazing Jun 06, To ask other readers questions about Musimathicsplease sign up. Calling himself “a composer seduced into mathematics,” Loy provides answers to foundational questions about the mathematics of music accessibly yet rigorously.

Notes played on a flute, though they may sound alike, are never exactly the same.

Volume 1 is divided into nine major chapters with two appendices of 10 and 30 pages; a comprehensive glossary, chapter notes, references and an index. You can find that list online here. Topically, it was exactly what I was looking for, but the math was a little beyond me.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. General topics are explained in musimatyics Appendix, usually with simple, concrete examples such as that to illustrate modulo arithmetic [volume 2, page ] and Xeno’s Paradox [Volume 1, page ].


Completely in command of every last aspect of all the topics he surveys, Loy nevertheless manages to give the impression that he’s exploring them with you, rather than for you. Perhaps the first thing that strikes you about this excellent pair of books is the very reasonable price.

Volume I: Musical Elements

Gareth Loy is a musician and award-winning composer. The math and the physics behind our perception of music has allowed me to approach composition in a completely muslmathics way. Musimathjcs 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.

Apr 15, Doni rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. A Simple Programming Language for Music 9. The topics are all subjects that contemporary composers, musicians, and musical engineers have found to be important.

It behoves us to work with those forces, through a thorough understanding of the mathematics of music. Joseph Kocherhans rated it really liked it Jan 07, Oriol rated it really liked it Feb 20, The two volumes of Musimathicsthen, must be considered as musimahhics place to start any exploration of this field. Problems aside, ,usimathics book is cool because there isn’t another book that compiles all this info into one volume.

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Jul 25, Al Matthews rated it it was amazing Shelves: It will be obvious by now that this is a book wholeheartedly to be recommended for a wide readership. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. Just as Loy deals with, say, the physics of absorption in order to explain related behavior of sound [volume 1, pages ], for example, so we can best understand some aspects of vibration [volume 1, chapter 8] by having recursion in our blood.


It took me ten years to write these books, working late into the night most days to get it published. Want to Read saving…. Lists with This Book. 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.

I have come to really value those relationships and – yes – those books that have helped me to do that. 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. In this volume, Loy presents the materials of music notes, intervals, and scales ; the physical properties of music frequency, amplitude, duration, and timbre ; musimathjcs perception of music and sound how we hear ; and music composition.

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Book Review: Musimathics I & II

There are Suggested Reading sections are the end of most chapters, too! And is does so without compromising the substance or import of the material that Loy covers. He musimahtics manages to introduce a topic with something new and interesting… the origins of the word, algebra [volume 2, page ], for instance; why imaginary numbers are needed [volume 2, pages ]; the exact reason for the Doppler effect [volume 1, page ]; the very heading of the section which addresses temperament, “The Powers of the Fifth and the Octave Do Not Form a Closed System” [volume 1, page 66].


The writing is casual, and the author builds up both music theory and mathematical theory so that the writing musimathicd accessible to most. Entertaining, secure, comprehensive, clear, authoritative, timely, up-to-date, well wrought in every way, these are for every music lover’s shelves.

Most of us have been there. You can tell which print version you have by looking at the numbers at the bottom of the copyright page, which count down from