Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale / Edition 2

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Overview

The only things truly universal in music are those that are based on biological and/or perceptual facts. Tuning Timbre Spectrum Scale focuses on perceptions of consonance and dissonance, which are defined in the Harvard Dictionary of Music: "Consonance is used to describe the agreeable effect produced by certain intervals as against the disagreeable effect produced others." Consonance and dissonance are the very foundation of harmonic music... consonance represents the element of smoothness and repose, while dissonance represents the no less important elements of roughness and irregularity. Tuning Timbre Spectrum Scale begins by asking (and answering) the question: How can we build a device to measure consonance and dissonance? The remainder of the book describes the impact of such a dissonance meter on music theory, on synthesizer design, on the construction of musical scales and tunings, on the design of musical instruments, and introduces related compositional techniques and new methods of musicological analyses. This new and greatly revised edition of William Sethares' classic book includes an attached CD-ROM that contains over three hours of sound examples that demonstrate the ideas in action, as well as computer programs that enable readers to conduct their own explorations. A new chapter contains a detailed explanation of how the software works. It incorporates several important simplifications over the full presentation in the current Chapter 7 in order to allow it to function in real time. Another new chapter describes the various ways that the software can be used. New sections throughout the book bring it up to date with the current state of the subject. Tuning Timbre Spectrum Scale offers a unique analysis of the relationship between the structure of sound and the structure of scale and will be useful to musicians and composers who use inharmonic tones and sounds. This includes a large percentage of people composing and

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849969222
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Prelude; The Octave Is Dead, Long Live the Octave; The Science of Sound; Musical Scales; Consonance and Dissonance of Harmonic Sounds; Related Tunings and Spectra; A Bell, a Rock, a Crystal; Adaptive Tunings; Applied Adaptive Tunings; The Gamelan; A Wing, an Anomaly, a Recollection; Consonance-based Musical Analysis; From Tuning to Spectrum; Spectral Mappings; A Musical Theory for 10-tet; Speculation, Correlation, Interpretation; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Sound Examples; Index.

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