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During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as triangle, the fifth as pentagram; diagrams sho During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as triangle, the fifth as pentagram; diagrams show the principles of harmonics, overtones, and the monochord. Anthony Ashton examines the phenomenon of resonance in Chladni patterns, describes how to build a harmonograph of your own, and provides tables of world tuning systems. This inspiring book will appeal to musicians, mathematicians, designers, and artists alike.


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During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as triangle, the fifth as pentagram; diagrams sho During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as triangle, the fifth as pentagram; diagrams show the principles of harmonics, overtones, and the monochord. Anthony Ashton examines the phenomenon of resonance in Chladni patterns, describes how to build a harmonograph of your own, and provides tables of world tuning systems. This inspiring book will appeal to musicians, mathematicians, designers, and artists alike.

30 review for Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Qonita

    Welp i didn't understand that one bit HAHAHA. But i enjoyed the pictures (bukunya satu halaman tulisan satu halaman gitu so there's a lot) and who knows that when translated to graphs, music has such an outstanding organization to them. Pretty cool and adds a nuance to the world. The technical rambling is an otherworldly total nonsense for me it sounds poetic lmao. I had an episode of crying under the overtones too (tmi) so this book is not without a sentimental value. The production's super pre Welp i didn't understand that one bit HAHAHA. But i enjoyed the pictures (bukunya satu halaman tulisan satu halaman gitu so there's a lot) and who knows that when translated to graphs, music has such an outstanding organization to them. Pretty cool and adds a nuance to the world. The technical rambling is an otherworldly total nonsense for me it sounds poetic lmao. I had an episode of crying under the overtones too (tmi) so this book is not without a sentimental value. The production's super pretty so i'm so collecting this series in the future. 3.5/5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Bird

    Pleasant read with beautiful illustrations. A little more time spent on the basics of music theory and its connection to frequencies and harmonics would have been appreciated as ratios were being thrown about all over the text with minimal introduction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Praveen Sinha

    A lovely collection of methods and techniques used in early days or in other words were discovered by observing the musical harmony and notes. The illustrations illustrate the beauty of the numbers and patterns and ease with which we can find them around us via different media.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Len

    Great book, but could have used more detailed construction pictures and plans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mafalda

    didn't understand anything but the images were pretty didn't understand anything but the images were pretty

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Fascinating read, despite grammatical errors and some other minor inaccuracies

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deana

    This was a really cool book. My mom gave it to me many years ago, and I just not got around to reading it. Basically, it's about this really cool machine called the "harmonograph". If you've ever heard of tuning forks, this will make sense to you. If not, go here. So, a long time ago, someone set up two tuning forks at right angles to one another some distance apart. Using mirrors, a light was shone at one tuning fork, bounced off toward the second, and then finally the light bounced off that on This was a really cool book. My mom gave it to me many years ago, and I just not got around to reading it. Basically, it's about this really cool machine called the "harmonograph". If you've ever heard of tuning forks, this will make sense to you. If not, go here. So, a long time ago, someone set up two tuning forks at right angles to one another some distance apart. Using mirrors, a light was shone at one tuning fork, bounced off toward the second, and then finally the light bounced off that one and onto a dark surface. Very pretty and interesting patterns emerged when both tuning forks were set into motion, and of course different patterns emerged depending on the ratios of the vibrations. These movements were too small and too fast for someone to record, so the harmonograph was invented. It uses the same principles except it uses pendulums swinging at different ratios to simulate the movements of the tuning forks. Pendulums can be made to swing in much longer and slower motions than tuning forks. By attaching pens and paper to the pendulums, beautiful patterns could be drawn tracing out their travels. Check out the cover of the book for one example, although trust me - the others are far more beautiful and intricate than that one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Shark

    This is a really beautiful little book. Looking at the diagrams (of which there's plenty) and realising how these patterns and shapes are created by musical sounds left me amazed. It is pretty heavy on the music theory though. If you're not quick at discerning between your major thirds or minor sevenths then it might feel a bit dense if you're reading all in one go. It is very short too, so I'm not including it in my reading challenge. This is a really beautiful little book. Looking at the diagrams (of which there's plenty) and realising how these patterns and shapes are created by musical sounds left me amazed. It is pretty heavy on the music theory though. If you're not quick at discerning between your major thirds or minor sevenths then it might feel a bit dense if you're reading all in one go. It is very short too, so I'm not including it in my reading challenge.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This is a cool little book that discusses and illustrates relationships between music and mathematics. Like all of the Wooden Books, it's brief. This is a cool little book that discusses and illustrates relationships between music and mathematics. Like all of the Wooden Books, it's brief.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell

    ! ! !

  11. 4 out of 5

    Snufkin

    Very beautiful

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt Webb

    I still don't understand how ratios between vibrations lead to different tones, but I have now spent a good deal of time making Chladni patterns. A happy discovery in the Wellcome bookshop. I still don't understand how ratios between vibrations lead to different tones, but I have now spent a good deal of time making Chladni patterns. A happy discovery in the Wellcome bookshop.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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    Matt

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steven Noha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexandre Caldeira

  18. 4 out of 5

    SpR

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mac

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brady Salz

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel Ritter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erica Moore

  23. 5 out of 5

    AJ Dehany

  24. 5 out of 5

    Max Lipscombe

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam Cavallaro

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meara

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jared

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Lett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

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