Mathemusical Conversations: Mathematics and Computation in Music Performance and Composition by Jordan B L Smith

Mathemusical Conversations: Mathematics and Computation in Music Performance and Composition

byJordan B L Smith, Elaine Chew, Gérard Assayag

Kobo ebook | July 21, 2016

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Mathemusical Conversations celebrates the understanding of music through mathematics, and the appreciation of mathematics through music. This volume is a compilation of the invited talks given at the Mathemusical Conversations workshop that took place in Singapore from 13–15 February 2015, organized by Elaine Chew in partnership with Gérard Assayag for the scientific program and with Bernard Lanskey for the artistic program. The contributors are world experts and leading scholars, writing on the intersection of music and mathematics. They also focus on performance and composition, two topics which are foundational both to the understanding of human creativity and to the creation of tomorrow's music technologies. This book is essential reading for researchers in both music and mathematics. It will also appeal more broadly to scholars, students, musicians, and anyone interested in new perspectives on the intimate relationship between these two universal human activities.


  • Foreword by Series Editors

  • Foreword by Workshop Organizers

  • Mathemusical Engagement:

    • Without Our Consent (Paul Schoenfield)
    • Approaches to Musical Expression in Harmonix Video Games (Eran Egozy)
    • Motion and Gravitation in the Musical Spheres (Elaine Chew)
  • Mathemusical Creativity:

    • Improvising in Creative Symbolic Interaction (Gérard Assayag)
    • Music, Creativity, and Computers (Margaret A Boden)
    • Tiling Canons as a Key to Approaching Open Mathematical Conjectures? (Moreno Andreatta)
  • Shaping Performance:

    • Musical Motives in Performance: A Study of Absolute Timing Patterns (Neta Spiro, Nicolas Gold and John Rink)
    • Playing with Variables: Anticipating One Particular Performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Bernard Lanskey and Stephen Emmerson)
    • The Informatics Philharmonic in the Indiana University Summer String Academy (Christopher Raphael)
  • Educating the Mathemusical:

    • Mathematical Thought and Empirical Approaches in Higher Education in Music (Jian Yang)
    • Action and Symbol: An Essential Tension (Jeanne Bamberger)
    • Educating the Mathemusical: Balancing the Equation (Don McLean)
  • Geometries:

    • Graph-theoretic and Geometric Models of Music (Richard Cohn)
    • In Quest of Musical Vectors (Dmitri Tymoczko)
    • A Topological Approach of Musical Relationships (Jean-Louis Giavitto and Antoine Spicher)
  • List of Contributors

Readership: Advanced secondary school students; post-secondary school students; and scientists, mathematicians, musicians and members of the public interested in the mathematical music sciences.
Key Features:

  • It is rare to find a broad discussion of cutting edge research and thought on the intersection between mathematics and music, which this book provides
  • An especially neglected sub-topic in the mathematical and computational modeling of music is expressive performance, a field to which this book makes a significant contribution
  • The workshop on which this book is based brought together the leading figures in the field from around the world — having them all contribute to the one volume makes this book stand out
Title:Mathemusical Conversations: Mathematics and Computation in Music Performance and CompositionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 21, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813140119

ISBN - 13:9789813140110