Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale / Edition 1

Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale / Edition 1

by William A. Sethares
     
 

ISBN-10: 354076173X

ISBN-13: 9783540761730

Pub. Date: 11/26/1997

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

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

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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:
9783540761730
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
11/26/1997
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude
Acknowledgements
Variables, Abbreviations, Definitions
1The Octave is Dead... Long Live the Octave1
2The Science of Sound11
3Musical Scales49
4Consonance and Dissonance of Harmonic Sounds73
5Related Spectra and Scales89
6A Bell, A Rock, A Crystal123
7Adaptive Tunings147
8The Gamelan165
9Consonance-Based Musical Analysis189
10From Tuning to Spectrum211
11Spectral Mappings235
12A "Music Theory" for 10-tet259
13Speculation, Correlation, Interpretation, Conclusion271
App. AMathematics of Beats283
App. BRatios Make Cents285
App. CSpeaking of Spectra287
App. DAdditive Synthesis297
App. EHow to Draw Dissonance Curves299
App. FProperties of Dissonance Curves303
App. GBehavior of Adaptive Tunings309
App. HTables of Scales313
App. IClassical Music of Thailand319
Bibliography321
Discography333
Sound Examples337
Index341

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