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Music & Math--Daniel J. Levitin
Last Post 23 Feb 2012 08:20 PM by Melissa Parma. 0 Replies.
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Melissa ParmaUser is Offline Senior Member Senior Member Posts:914
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23 Feb 2012 08:20 PM
    Dr. Levitin's name has been popping up a lot lately in my newsfeed! He's speaking right now at Caltech as part of the Physics Colloquium, his book ("This Is Your Brain On Music") is wildly popular, and a study he co-authored was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It's the last of those items that might interest math teachers and students. The paper is about the "mathematical signatures" found in the music of various composers.

    "Researchers discovered that composers have their own individual rhythmic signature. 'Mozart's notated rhythms were the least predictable, Beethoven's were the most, and Monteverdi and Joplin had nearly identical, overlapping rhythm distributions. But they each have their own distinctive rhythmic signature that you can capture,' says Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University."

    You can read more about the study here: www.futurity.org/top-stories/theres...c-we-love/



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