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Mathematical Underpinnings of Music Applied Through Composition by Alexander Summers '19, Monday, November 26, Mathematics Colloquium

Mon, November 26th, 2018
1:00 pm
- 1:45 pm

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Mathematical Underpinnings of Music Applied Through Composition by Alexander Summers ’19, Mathematics Colloquium, Monday, November 26, 1 – 1:45 pm, Stetson Court Classroom 101

Abstract:  Since the beginning of humankind, people have observed certain sounds as pleasing to the ear. These observations have led us to create various types of music throughout the ages. In this talk, we will explore interactions between mathematics and music.

We will discuss historical connections and reasons behind the development of western music. Then we will turn to the problem of composing new music, and formulate that problem mathematically. Finally I will demonstrate a heuristic search method for assisted composition using computer programming.

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