Saturday, September 23, 2006

Music and Calculus

What really makes a tune is the various notes, the difference between those notes, and the change in the difference between them. This is similar to Calculus, which is the study of change in numbers.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is. i would like to know what calculus equations connect to which notes are in a chourd. im imagineing that it would be something like a sin curve but im not sure any ideas?

Friday, May 30, 2008 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger The Emperor of the Moon said...

in retrospect--with more math now--I think that I was envisioning something that's more of a differential equation. The idea is that the dp/dt (change in pitch per change in time) and the delta_p (difference in pitches in a chord) are the fundamental essence of music--essentially, like a a derivative. To really look at a song though would require multiple dp/dt's, so hence, some sort of differential equation.

I need to really look back at this. I can't describe it well at all; it needs more thought.

Saturday, May 31, 2008 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its more an integral over differential calculus thing, but yeah.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 12:36:00 AM  

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