Introduction to Pitch Systems in Tonal Music

Introduction to Pitch Systems in Tonal Music
Created by John Crooks
A ten-part series of video lectures available through UC Irvine Open Course Ware:

Winner of the 2011 OpenCourseWare ACE Award for Video/Multimedia

Course describes the building blocks of tonal pitch systems using multimedia lectures:

Pitch systems use mathematics to organize audible phenomenon for creative expression. The cognitive processes we develop through exposure to music comprise a kind of applied mathematics; our emotional responses to musical nuance grow out of a largely unconscious mastery of the patterns and structures in music. This series of presentations covers the basic mathematics and cognitive phenomenon found in the tonal system used in Western music and much of the music of the world. Over the course of several presentations we will explore basic concepts of pitch and frequency, the organizing rules of tonal systems, and the mathematical construction of basic scales and chords. The reasoning and purpose of equal temperament, the standard tuning system for tonal music, will be explored in this context. Presentations will include graphics and computer applications designed specifically to illustrate these concepts.

Max was used for many aspects of the course, especially the oscilloscope patches that demonstrate how tuning systems use ratios and the nuances of tuning circular pitch systems.

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Dec 25 2010 | 1:11 pm

I appreciate the responses via Vimeo!
Anyone checking these out via open course ware?
Any comments/suggestions about the series?

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