For those of you who read our earlier article on the mathematics behind music and want to know more, here are a couple of links that might well interest you.
Amazingly mathematical music is an online article from Washington University in St Louis, which explores some of the mathematical patterns to be found in both musical harmonies and rhythms. It’s well illustrated (if that’s the word) with sound clips including the infamous perpetually ascending stairs illusion, barbershop choruses and Tuvan throat singing — well worth checking out! It’s accompanied by a podcast interview with David Wright, who is both the chair of the Mathematics Department at Washington University and a very successful a capella choir director.
Hat tip (and jazz hand) to the member of Edinburgh’s Rolling Hills Chorus who supplied the link!