Math and Music: What do you think?

It’s time to see how convincing I’ve been with these last two posts. What do you think? Can the study of math have an impact on music?

Math Movie Night: Math and Music

Last time, we mentioned a speaker by the name of David Kung and his work comparing music and math. While I have not been able to find the lecture referenced in that podcast, I did find one that seemed to be fairly similar. While it is a bit long, it makes for fantastic listening as he has two other musicians on stage with him. His main point? “Math helps us understand music. Music helps us understand math.” If you’d rather not listen to the whole thing, I’d listen to the final portion of the presentation (starting at about 59:00) where he discusses how Bach used several math concepts in his music that were well ahead of the mathematicians of his day.

Now sit back, relax, grab some popcorn, and enjoy tonight’s feature math film, Symphonic Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music!

Math and Music: Introduction

In this post, we begin a miniseries of posts concerning math’s influences on music. This audio selection comes from a podcast by the College of Physics and Math at BYU, and introduces a discussion that will be held about math and music.

Try as I might, I was not able to find the actual lecture by David Kung, nor any other that seemed to cover the same material. If you have knowledge of where it could be, please let me know.