The Multidimensional Geometry Of Music

Today I read an article about Dmitri Tymoczko, a music theorist at Princeton, who has developed a new spatial framework for the representation and comprehension of music, using mathematical objects called “orbifolds”. It seems fascinating, but I’m sure I haven’t fully grasped it yet. (The easiest way to take such things in is by visual representation, and so I will be poking around online to see what sort of software tinkerers have come up with.)

Anyway, have a look here. (Hat-tip: Brian Eno.)


  1. Whitewall says

    O/T but music, Ray Thomas a founder of the Moody Blues has died at 76. I played some of their stuff yesterday-“Legend of a Mind”. I still like it after all these years as well as others.

    Gosh, time is moving fast.

    Posted January 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  2. BL says

    Scruton has some interesting thoughts on Tymoczko’s book.

    Posted January 7, 2018 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Thank you for that link, BL.

    Posted January 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

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