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Graphing Music

- music can be
graphed along a rectangular coordinate system
represented numerically
drawn in traditional notation systems
- in graphic notation time is represented along the ordinate (horizontal axis)
- points of attack (changes in phase) will be represented along the abscissa (vertical axis)
- this is an analogy to typical sinus vibration

Forms of Periodicity
- periodicity is the continuous recurrence of a group
- identical recurrence of all groups in a series is a uniform periodicity
- single term groups are monomial
- monomial periodicity is a recurrence of a monomial group:
where n is of constant length in time.
This can then be translated into graphic and music notation

Interference of Periodicities
- periodicities can be combined into interference patterns
- known as resultants
- when combining monomials the larger is the major generator. The smaller is the minor
- the synchronization of generators is represented as a%b
- the resultant is represented as r a%b

Binary Synchronization
1. find the common product or common denominator of the generators a*b
2. find the complementary factors of both generators of a it is b and vice versa (a*b/a=b,
- graphically, the resultant is found by vertically aligning the attack points of the
monomial groups
- the simplest resultant of any group is T= r a&1
find the resultant r 2%1
common product 2*1 = 2
complement of a 1(2)
complement of b 2(1)
T represents the bar length
exercise 1: find the resultants of various major generators where the minor generator is 1
non uniform rhythmic groupings are found through the same process with higher minor
exercise 2: find the resultants of the same major generators with a minor generator of 2