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Offline nathanb

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Re: Music and Math
« Reply #80 on: May 16, 2017, 07:14:48 AM »
"It is said," that "Musicians" are often adept at maths, languages, and they are also quick to learn how to fly an airplane.

Well, "It is said." lol.

My professor for Flight Performance & Stability was both an ardent lover of unconventional aircraft design and, apparently, a fair cellist.

But extreme minority cases are rarely useful, lol.

Offline Monsieur Croche

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Re: Music and Math
« Reply #81 on: May 17, 2017, 08:23:00 AM »
Dont see that you saved me any time, just obfuscated what I said back in 2007 without contradicting any of it.  To try to add some real clarity I would add that music theory is not math in the sense that there is no axiomatic foundation such as exists in statistics, computer science or other fields in applied math.  However, I do like the Monk quote

Way back in 2007, eh?  I must have missed that class ;-)

Of course, I over-reacted, not to your post but to the usual floating in the ether plethora of those who think that some ordering of music and its basic materials can be done near to solely via maths, which is, unfortunately, a fairly commonplace recurring premise (a premise almost always put forth by non-composers, btw.)

And of course I would think it more than obvious and needing no further qualification that Music Theory is, by its very title as definition, neither a math or a science.


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Re: Music and Math
« Reply #82 on: May 17, 2017, 08:38:29 AM »
Better Music Through Science!
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Offline Monsieur Croche

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Re: Music and Math
« Reply #83 on: May 17, 2017, 10:22:46 AM »
Better Music Through Science!

Karl, are you old enough to remember the post-war 1950's promotional campaign / propaganda slogan
"Better Living Through Chemistry?"
(The 60's generation took it to heart, used that slogan with a wink, in a way the 50's set would never have imagined:-)
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