Thinking musically within space and time


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Despite the common sense that music is the art of sounds, the descriptions of pitches based on their acoustic frequency tell us nothing about what makes a single sound have a tonal identity such as "tonic," "dominant," "leading tone," or other. The purpose of this project is to identify relationships in notes and chords from a geometrical perspective, examining properties of a heptagon that represents the diatonic scale. Upon examination of pitch-classes and their intervals, it becomes clear that motion and movement are constitutive of relations in geometric space (and in music as a broader sense). By showing that motion and movement can also be represented geometrically, we will embrace the assumption that rhythm is the most fundamental feature in music structure. The results of these analyses can be used to describe how equivalent musical objects are differently contextualized in space and time.

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