Musimathics, Volume 2: The Mathematical Foundations of Music: v. 2

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"It will be obvious by now that this is a book wholeheartedly to be recommended for a wide readership. As definitive as is possible, certainly the leading resource in the field, it will meet many needs. Those with school algebra and physics who are performers, engineers, composers, listeners will almost inevitably get much from Musimathics...The two volumes of this book, then, must be considered as the place to start any exploration of this field. Entertaining, secure, comprehensive, clear, authoritative, timely, up-to-date, well wrought in every way, these are for every music lover's shelves." -- Mark Sealey, Classical Net: The Internet's Premier Classical Music Source "Music and mathematics enjoy many points of intersection. Just think of musical scales and number theory, or the impact of computers--both analog and digital--on the composition and creation of musical sounds. The second volume of Musimathics ably covers these and many other instances of this happy union: Fourier and wavelet transforms, natural and artificial reverberation, and much more." --Manfred Schroeder, Professor of Physics, University of Goettingen, Germany "Musimathics is destined to be required reading and a valued reference for every composer, music researcher, multimedia engineer, and anyone else interested in the interplay between acoustics and music theory. This is truly a landmark work of scholarship and pedagogy, and Gareth Loy presents it with quite remarkable rigor and humor." --Stephen Travis Pope, CREATE Lab, Department of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara "From his long and successful experience as a composer and computer-music researcher, Gareth Loy knows what is challenging and what is important. That comprehensiveness makes Musimathics both exciting and enlightening. The book is crystal clear, so that even advanced issues appear simple. Musimathics will be essential for those who want to understand the scientific foundations of music, and for anyone wishing to create or process musical sounds with computers." --Jean-Claude Risset, Laboratoire de Mecanique et d'Acoustique, CNRS, France

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"Mathematics can be as effortless as humming a tune, if you know the tune," writes 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. 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. The material in volume 1 is all preparatory to the subjects presented in this volume, although either volume can be read independently. Cross-references to volume 1 are provided for concepts introduced in the earlier volume, and additional mathematical orientation is offered where necessary. The topics are all subjects that contemporary composers, musicians, and music engineers have found to be important. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio. The level of scholarship and the pedagogical approach also make Musimathics ideal for classroom use. Additional material can be found at a companion web site.

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