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From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

James Tenney, Larry Polansky, and Lauren Pratt


One of the twentieth century's most important musical thinkers, the author did pioneering work in multiple fields, including computer music, tuning theory, and algorithmic and computer-assisted compositions. This book is a collection of the author's hard-to-find writings arranged, edited, and revised by the self-described “composer/theorist.” Tenney argued that “a new kind of music theory is needed which deals with the question of what we actually hear when we listen to a piece of music, as well as how or why we hear as we do.” His collection, which spans the years from 1955 to 2006, constitut ... More

Keywords: computer music, tuning theory, computer-assisted composition, harmonic space, tuning systems, information theory, intonation, perception, form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038723
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Tenney, author

Larry Polansky, editor
University of California Santa Cruz

Lauren Pratt, editor
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

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