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set theory in Max/MSP?

Apr 09 2008 | 9:16 am

Apr 09 2008 | 10:53 am

Don’t know Allen Forte’s theory but in the subXall set of abstractions ( there are a few methods inspired by Clarence Barlow’s theory: indigestibility, greatest common divider, numbers reduced to primes. This might be useful.


Apr 09 2008 | 12:17 pm

Matthew McCabe’s setcalc object is what you need.

Here is a a UB version i compiled for somebody i while ago. Not sure it’s available from his site now,


Apr 09 2008 | 3:14 pm

Apr 09 2008 | 3:16 pm

Apr 09 2008 | 7:07 pm

As far as your request for calculating prime form I’d say setcalc does exactly that. Thanks oli.

You might try looking at Dimitri Tymoczko’s Chord Geometries.

Apr 09 2008 | 8:05 pm

Quote: jvkr wrote on Wed, 09 April 2008 12:53
> Don’t know Allen Forte’s theory

Almost completely unrelated to Clarence’s work.

Ironically, Forte’s own book, _The Structure of Atonal Music_, is not the best introduction to musical Set Theory (which is not entirely Forte’s, anyway). There are two slim volumes, both of which provide concise introductions to the subject: _Basic Atonal Theory_ by John Rahn and _Set Theory Objects_ by some guy called Peter Castine.

Robert Morris’ book, _Composition with Pitch-Classes_ is the encyclopedic work on the subject.,

Apr 10 2008 | 7:34 am

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