Gareth Loy

Gareth Loy is a musician and award-winning composer. He has published widely and, during a long and successful career at the cutting edge of multimedia computing, has worked as a researcher, lecturer, programmer, software architect, and digital systems engineer. He is President of Gareth, Inc., a provider of software engineering and consulting services internationally.

  • Musimathics, Volume 2

    Musimathics, Volume 2

    The Mathematical Foundations of Music

    Gareth Loy

    The second volume of a commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music, focusing on the digital and computational domain; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested in the intersection of art and science.

    Volume 2 of Musimathics continues the story of music engineering begun in Volume 1, focusing on the digital and computational domain. Loy goes deeper into the mathematics of music and sound, beginning with digital audio, sampling, and binary numbers, as well as complex numbers and how they simplify representation of musical signals. Chapters cover the Fourier transform, convolution, filtering, resonance, the wave equation, acoustical systems, sound synthesis, the short-time Fourier transform, and the wavelet transform. These subjects provide the theoretical underpinnings of today's music technology. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio.

    Additional material can be found at http://www.musimathics.com.

    • Hardcover $55.00 £45.00
    • Paperback $45.00 £38.00
  • Musimathics, Volume 1

    Musimathics, Volume 1

    The Mathematical Foundations of Music

    Gareth Loy

    A commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested in the intersection of art and science.

    “Mathematics can be as effortless as humming a tune, if you know the tune,” writes Gareth Loy. In Musimathics, Loy teaches us the tune, providing a friendly and spirited tour of the mathematics of music—a commonsense, self-contained introduction for the nonspecialist reader. It is designed for musicians who find their art increasingly mediated by technology, and for anyone who is interested in the intersection of art and science.

    In Volume 1, Loy presents the materials of music (notes, intervals, and scales); the physical properties of music (frequency, amplitude, duration, and timbre); the perception of music and sound (how we hear); and music composition. Calling himself “a composer seduced into mathematics,” Loy provides answers to foundational questions about the mathematics of music accessibly yet rigorously. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio.

    Additional material can be found at http://www.musimathics.com.

    • Hardcover $55.00 £45.00
    • Paperback $45.00 £38.00
  • Music and Connectionism

    Music and Connectionism

    Peter M. Todd and Gareth Loy

    Music and Connectionism provides a fresh approach to both fields, using the techniques of connectionism and parallel distributed processing to look at a wide range of topics in music research, from pitch perception to chord fingering to composition.

    As one of our highest expressions of thought and creativity, music has always been a difficult realm to capture, model, and understand. The connectionist paradigm, now beginning to provide insights into many realms of human behavior, offers a new and unified viewpoint from which to investigate the subtleties of musical experience. Music and Connectionism provides a fresh approach to both fields, using the techniques of connectionism and parallel distributed processing to look at a wide range of topics in music research, from pitch perception to chord fingering to composition. The contributors, leading researchers in both music psychology and neural networks, address the challenges and opportunities of musical applications of network models. The result is a current and thorough survey of the field that advances understanding of musical phenomena encompassing perception, cognition, composition, and performance, and in methods for network design and analysis.

    Contributors Jamshed J. Bharucha, Peter Desain, Mark Dolson, Robert Gjerclingen, Henkjan Honing, B. Keith Jenkins, Jacqueline Jons, Douglas H. Keefe, Tuevo Kohonen, Bernice Laden, Pauli Laine, Otto Laske, Marc Leman, J. P. Lewis, Christoph Lischka, D. Gareth Loy, Ben Miller, Michael Mozer, Samir I. Sayegh, Hajime Sano, Todd Soukup, Don Scarborough, Kalev Tiits, Peter M. Todd, Kari Torkkola

    • Hardcover $60.00 £50.00
    • Paperback $30.00 £25.00