Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale / Edition 2

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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: 9781852337971
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 11/4/2004
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Variables, Abbreviations, Definitions
1 The Octave is Dead... Long Live the Octave 1
2 The Science of Sound 11
3 Musical Scales 49
4 Consonance and Dissonance of Harmonic Sounds 73
5 Related Spectra and Scales 89
6 A Bell, A Rock, A Crystal 123
7 Adaptive Tunings 147
8 The Gamelan 165
9 Consonance-Based Musical Analysis 189
10 From Tuning to Spectrum 211
11 Spectral Mappings 235
12 A "Music Theory" for 10-tet 259
13 Speculation, Correlation, Interpretation, Conclusion 271
App. A Mathematics of Beats 283
App. B Ratios Make Cents 285
App. C Speaking of Spectra 287
App. D Additive Synthesis 297
App. E How to Draw Dissonance Curves 299
App. F Properties of Dissonance Curves 303
App. G Behavior of Adaptive Tunings 309
App. H Tables of Scales 313
App. I Classical Music of Thailand 319
Bibliography 321
Discography 333
Sound Examples 337
Index 341
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