Music 424: Musical Informatics

Fall 2017

A 21st. century approach to Music Theory: fundamental elements of music illustrated through logical and mathematical concepts, unencumbered by stylistic considerations. The goals of the course are to define the internal structure of sounds and to present a few general methods of organizing them into complex compositions.

Musicians with limited familiarity with mathematics as well as scientifically oriented people with little musical background but able to read music are encouraged to enroll.

Among the main topics to be discussed are:

Recommended readings

Herbert Brun When Music Resists Meaning
Lejaren Hiller Experimental Music
Gareth Loy Musimatics
Abraham Moles Information Theory and Aesthetic Perception
Karheinz Stockhausen time passes...
Aurel Stroe Morphogenetic Music
Iannis Xenakis Formalized Music
Various articles from
  • The Computer Music Journal
  • Interface
  • Leonardo

There will be 25 short assignments following each sub-topic discussed in class and a final project. They will involve the use of web-based software, listening to selected works, and solving or designing specific musical problems.

You can contact Sever Tipei in his office (Rm 4036 MB) or


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