The second volume of a commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music, focusing on the digital and computational domain; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested in the intersection of art and science. Volume 2 of Musimathics continues the story of music engineering begun in Volume 1, focusing on the digital and computational domain. Loy goes deeper into the mathematics of music and sound, beginning with digital audio, sampling, and binary numbers, as well as complex numbers and how they simplify representation of musical signals. Chapters cover the Fourier transform, convolution, filtering, resonance, the wave equation, acoustical systems, sound synthesis, the short-time Fourier transform, and the wavelet transform. These subjects provide the theoretical underpinnings of today's music technology.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Musimathics by 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 "Mathematics can be as effortless as humming a tune, if you know the tune," writes Gareth Loy. 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.
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.
Calling himself "a composer seduced into mathematics," Loy provides answers to foundational questions about the mathematics of music accessibly yet rigorously. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Musimathics , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 16, 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 I started reading this book because I was hoping that I could leverage my mathematics background to learn some music theory.
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 coming from a music background these explanations would probably be very useful. My main problem with the book is that the flow of the book is not consistent. Numerous times the author uses terms to explain them later in the book, and often the jumps between chapters leave one wondering where the book is going. This book is a very dense read.
It is probably closer to a textbook than a casual exploration of the marriage of mathematics and music. Aug 12, Octavian Neamtu rated it it was amazing.
Picked this up and then got sidetracked. Picked it up a couple years later and went through it quickly - very interesting read. Music making dissected from a bunch of different angles. Jun 16, Tom rated it really liked it. If you want to program or build synthesizers from scratch, but have massive gaps in your physics, the chapters "Physical Basis of Sound", "Geometrical Basis of Sound", "Introduction to Acoustics" and "Vibrating Systems" could be particularly handy.
There are Suggested Reading sections are the end of most chapters, too! Jun 03, 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.
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. Problems aside, this book is cool because there isn't another book that compiles all this info into one volume.
Dec 20, 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.
Apr 15, Doni rated it really liked it Shelves: own , partly-read. 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. Jul 25, Al Matthews rated it it was amazing Shelves: standby.
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