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:
|Herbert Brun||When Music Resists Meaning|
|Lejaren Hiller||Experimental Music|
|Abraham Moles||Information Theory and Aesthetic Perception|
|Karheinz Stockhausen||...how time passes...|
|Aurel Stroe||Morphogenetic Music|
|Iannis Xenakis||Formalized Music|
|Various articles from||
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 at 333-6689, visit his office (Rm 5052 MB) during office hours or
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