Harmony Explained: Progress Towards A Scientific Theory of Music
The Major Scale, The Standard Chord Dictionary, and The Difference of Feeling Between The Major and Minor Triads Explained from the First Principles of Physics and Computation; The Theory of Helmholtz Shown To Be Incomplete and The Theory of Terhardt and Some Others Considered Daniel Shawcross Wilkerson Begun 23 September 2006; this version 19 February 2012. Abstract and Introduction Most music theory books are like medieval medical textbooks: they contain unjustified superstition, non-reasoning, and funny symbols glorified by Latin phrases. In particular we derive from first principles of Physics and Computation the following three fundamental phenomena of music: the Major Scale, the Standard Chord Dictionary, and the difference in feeling between the Major and Minor Triads. Table of Contents 1 The Problem of Music1.1 Modern "Music Theory" Reads Like a Medieval Medical Textbook 1.2 What is a Satisfactory, Scientific Theory? ... wbwbw wbwbwbw wbwbw wbwbwbw ... What is a "scale"? Really?!