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08 October 2009 @ 01:50 pm
Musical Theory  
An old friend recently wrote a guide to music theory called Western Music from First Principles. It's a great summary that goes from the underlying physics of the notes and pitches through basic tones for compositions, up through modern scales and how they work.

Neat stuff. I play a couple of instruments and hadn't known a lot of this. It's worth a read.
rbusrbus on October 9th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
does he say what he learning to play?

i didn't find a mention.
Noahangelbob on October 9th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Piano. He's teaching himself to compose for it as well.
BlackSheepblacksheep_lj on October 9th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
It's fascinating to witness someone approaching music this way, as an analytical process. It make me think about the discussions of what makes music truly transcendent, and what the difference is between Joshua Bell playing in the subway or anyone else. There was an interesting thing I heard about a computer program that's been designed to compose new works in the style of various composers. There are fascinating results from this, and it brings back the question of whether music is an art or science.