The Science and Mathematics of Music:

Harmony and Acoustics, Theory and Art


The Physics & Physiology of Harmony
and The Mathematics of Music Theory

Why do we think musical harmony sounds good?

Musical Harmony — Music and Math by Craig Rusbult

Harmony and Pythagoras by David Sabine

a series about Music Theory (with words + simple musical examples)

There will be more pages here later, but not until late 2009.

Musical Improvisation and Composition—
Combining Science & Art, Theory & Creativity
Most music, both improvised and composed, is based on the mathematical harmonies — sequential and simultaneous — that are the reason for scales and chords in music theory.

Musical Improvisation — Combining Music Theory and Artistic Creativity
  for many kinds of music ( jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, ... ) by Craig Rusbult

The Art & Science of Making Bamboo Flutes (by Craig Rusbult)
  is an example of creatively using design method.

And there will be more later, maybe by the end of 2010.

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Musical Instruments and Speakers:
Sound Waves and Musical Acoustics

STANDING WAVES:  There is analogy between the quantization of musical pitch (caused by standing waves of sound in a musical instrument) and the quantization of energy (caused by standing waves of an electron in an atom), as explained in The Joy of Science, illustrated in the History of Quantum Mechanics.

And there will be more later, beginning with the basics.  (no, quantum mechanics is not essential for understanding music, and will not be a major theme in this section)

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