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Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale - William A. Sethares

Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781852337971
Number Of Pages: 426

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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 performing with modern musical synthesizers. It will be of use to arrangers, musicologists, and others interested in musical analysis. Tuning Timbre Spectrum Scale provides a unique approach to working with environmental sounds, and there are clear applications for the use of inharmonic sounds in film scoring. The book will also be of interest to engineers and others interested in the design of audio devices such as musical synthesizers, special effects devices, and keyboards.

The Octave Is Dead, Long Live the Octave
The Science of Sound
Musical Scales
Consonance and Dissonance of Harmonic Sounds
Related Tunings and Spectra
A Bell, a Rock, a Crystal
Adaptive Tunings
Applied Adaptive Tunings
The Gamelan
A Wing, an Anomaly, a Recollection
Consonance-based Musical Analysis
From Tuning to Spectrum
Spectral Mappings
A Musical Theory for 10-tet
Speculation, Correlation, Interpretation
Sound Examples
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ISBN: 9781852337971
ISBN-10: 1852337974
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.28  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised