This studio examines how music and sound actually “work,” from the view of mathematics, physics and information theory. This is a music-theory course in reverse. The class looks at the underlying mathematical principles behind harmony, melody, rhythm (and their “scientific” equivalents of frequency, timbre and duration). Using acoustics, instrument design, and basic analog and digital-signal theory, students investigate the properties of music from a scientific, engineering and analytic perspective. Students perform research on topics of interest and present their findings semiweekly.
Prerequisites: MU 3XXX or DM 3113. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.