Recently, I completed a course called Introduction to Ableton Live taught by Erin Barra and offered at no cost by the massive open online course (MOOC) provider, Coursera. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the course because I had no familiarity with Ableton and assumed it was just another sequencer program. Boy, was I wrong.
I just found out that reverberation is the collection of reflected sounds from the surfaces in an enclosure. It is a desirable property of auditoriums to the extent that it helps to overcome the inverse square law dropoff of sound intensity in the enclosure. Having used reverberation in most of my work, I had to ask myself what is this inverse square law dropoff? Is it really square? Is it a true law, and does it really drop off?
Music scores are a late development in the history of printing. It was 20 years after Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press that the first printed notation was created. As royalty supported music and composers for their own enjoyment and entertainment, the use of printed music was something that was usually suppressed. Most of the scores of written music prior to the 20th century were handwritten by the composer, along with each of the individual parts.
Edward Lowinsky was one of the most prominent and influential musicologists in post-World War II America. His 1946 work entitled “The Secret Chromatic Art in the Netherlands Motet” was hotly debated in its time, spurring considerable research into the issues of musica ficta, a term used in European music theory to describe pitches, whether notated or added at the time of performance, that lie outside the system of “correct” or “true” music.