Global Music Theory
Research Group KIT-MaMuTh for Mathematical Music Theory
Institute for Telecommunication Systems, Technical University of BerlinSekr. FR 6-10, Franklinstr. 28/29, D-10587 Berlinnoll@cs.tu-berlin.de, www.mamuth.de
The article investigates aspects of
with respect to music the-ory and especially mathematical and computer-aided music theory. Thelocal/global dichotomy is applied (a) to the discipline such from a cul-tural semiotic point of view, (b) to the strategies of scientiﬁc knowledgemanagement
, and (c) to the music-theoretical discourse subjects. A detailed discussion is dedicated to thestudy of Guerino Mazzola’s proposal for a mathematical
for music-theoretical objects which is ﬁnally applied to Daniel Harrison’sdual network of harmonic concepts.
1 Music Theory and Scientiﬁc Culture
The Klangart ’99
Global Village - Global Brain - Global Music
was de-voted to the global nature of musical culture and presented approaches tointerdisciplinary music research. Hence, on a metalevel, it is worth study-ing the global nature of music research. Interdiscplinary collaborationleads to a complex interplay of research interests. Although the dynamicsof research interests in a scientiﬁc community work on their own and arecertainly not fully controlled by institutions and individuals, it is nev-ertheless useful to reﬂect upon these processes. We will argue in favourof the idea that globality of music-theoretical knowledge in some respectmirrors the globality of its object domain. However, global knowledgeis not the same as knowledge about globality. In contemporary physicsone observes a strong desire for
Grand Uniﬁed Theories
turning the mainaccepted working theories
of the principal interactions into one.It is not clear wether it is legitimate and of great beneﬁt to comparephysics with musicology. What are the accepted local working music theo-ries to be uniﬁed? Is there a desire to do so? These questions are not only
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General Relativity is one local perspective among others. Nevertheless it is a theory aboutglobal structures.