Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments

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Chronicle Books, Jul 14, 2010 - Music - 952 pages
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Musical Mathematics is the definitive tome for the adventurous musician. Integrating mathematics, music history, and hands-on experience, this volume serves as a comprehensive guide to the tunings and scales of acoustic instruments from around the world. Author, composer, and builder Cris Forster illuminates the mathematical principles of acoustic music, offering practical information and new discoveries about both traditional and innovative instruments.With this knowledge readers can improve, or begin to build, their own instruments inspired by Forster's creationsshown in 16 color plates. For those ready to step outside musical conventions and those whose curiosity about the science of sound is never satisfied, Musical Mathematics is the map to a new musical world.

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Over 900 pages with mathematics, tunings and scales.
This book is a culmination of what I have seen about mathematics and music. You will understand what system is behind tone, harmonics, scales
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It is a summary of tuning systems through the centuries in the western world.
It is a compilation of musical scales of the world never seen (by me) before.
If you want, you can have a look at my attempt :? to write a review
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About the author (2010)

Cris Forster is a musical instrument builder, composer, and scholar. He lives in San Francisco.

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