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Harmonograph [Hardcover]

Anthony Ashton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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1 May 1999
Music is one of the oldest and most universal of the ancient Arts, yet few people understand what the elements of harmony really are and how they actually fit together, or sometimes don't quite.

In this charming little book, Anthony Ashton uses a Victorian device called a Harmonograph to tell the story of Harmony and the intervals in the scale. With useful appendices and exquisite line drawings, this is a unique and original introduction to this magical subject.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902418050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902418056
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,167,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautiful" -- London Review of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 3 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Beautiful book, a wonderful little read. Ironically though, I found that the older forms of similar experiments explored briefly at the end of the book more interesting than that of the harmonograph. Well worth having on the bookshelf for all musicians and I suppose mathematicians
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing... 7 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books Gift Book)
I'm no mathematician, & the maths involved in this little book has bent my poor beleaguered brain into some weird shapes, but that's one of the reasons i like it so much!
As a wise quote from somewhere has it,
"The similarity between the words magic & music is no coincidence"
Quite!
A feast for the mind, & for the eyes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special find 12 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a remarkable little book if you are in to tuning and mathematical shapes. These work because of the harmonic nature of intervals and tuning (in unequal temperaments).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hear it and see it 12 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book hard going to read. It mainly describes the various machines that have been invented in the pre-electronic era to make sound visible. It also gives examples of what various sounds look like. Unless you have the expertise to actually make some of these machines the exercise is all very theoretical and hard to hold in your head.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject combination 19 Jan 2014
By Gary
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son, who is studying music, because, as a mathematician myself, i wanted to illustrate to him the strong link that exists between Mathematics and Music. I believe it achieved that task.
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