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Author: James Tenney; Lauren Pratt; Rob Wannamaker; Michael Winter; Larry Polansky
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the twentieth century's most important musical thinkers, James Tenney did pioneering work in multiple fields, including computer music, tuning theory, and algorithmic and computer-assisted composition. From Scratch is a collection of Tenney's hard-to-find writings arranged, edited, and revised by the self-described "composer/theorist." Selections focus on his fundamental concerns - "what the ear hears"--And  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Tenney; Lauren Pratt; Rob Wannamaker; Michael Winter; Larry Polansky
ISBN: 9780252038723 025203872X
OCLC Number: 904541430
Description: xxxi, 467 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Larry Polansky --
On the development of the structural potentialities of rhythm, dynamics, and timbre in the early nontonal music of Arnold Schoenberg (1959) --
Meta [does not equal] Hodos (1961) --
Computer music experiences, 1961-1964 (1964) --
On the physical correlates of timbre (1965) --
Excerpts from "An experimental investigation of timbre --
the violin" (1966) --
Form in twentieth-century music (1969-70) --
META Meta [does not equal] Hodos (1975) --
The chronological development of Carl Ruggles's melodic style (1977) --
Hierarchical temporal gestalt perception in music: a metric space model (with Larry Polansky) (1978-80) --
Introduction to "Contributions toward a quantitative theory of harmony" (1979) --
The structure of harmonic series aggregates (1979) --
John Cage and the theory of harmony (1983) --
Reflections after Bridge (1984) --
Review of Music as heard by Thomas Clifton (1985) --
About Changes: sixty-four studies for six harps (1987) --
Darmstadt lecture (1990) --
The several dimensions of pitch (1993/2003) --
On "crystal growth" in harmonic space (1993/2003) --
About Dispason (1996) --
Appendix 1. Pre-Meta [does not equal] Hodos (1959) --
Appendix 2. On musical parameters (ca. 1960-1961) --
Appendix 3. Excerpt from A history of 'consonance' and 'dissonance' (1988).
Other Titles: Writings in music theory
Responsibility: James Tenney ; edited by Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter.

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One of the twentieth century's most important musical thinkers, James Tenney did pioneering work in multiple fields, including computer music, tuning theory, and algorithmic and computer-assisted composition. From Scratch is a collection of Tenney's hard-to-find writings arranged, edited, and revised by the self-described "composer/theorist." Selections focus on his fundamental concerns - "what the ear hears"--And include thoughts and ideas on perception and form, tuning systems and especially just intonation, information theory, theories of harmonic space, and stochastic (chance) procedures of composition.

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