SMS scnews item created by Eric Hester at Mon 30 Apr 2018 0927
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 25 Jun 2018
Calendar1: 30 Apr 2018 1700-1800
CalLoc1: Carslaw 535A
CalTitle1: Symmetry in Musical Structures
Auth: erich@ (ehes5653) in SMS-WASM

MaPSS: Maths Postgraduate Seminar Series: Jonathan Mui -- Symmetry in Musical Structures

Hello all,

The next MaPSS seminar will be held at 17:00 on Mon 30th in Carslaw 535.
It’s a great opportunity to see an interesting talk, meet some fellow postgrads,
and get some free pizza and soft drink. 


Speaker: Jonathan Mui (The University of Sydney) 

Title: Symmetry in Musical Structures

Abstract: It is often claimed that mathematics and music have a lot in common -- 
for example, both disciplines value the interplay between rigour and intuition, and 
both have their respective ideas on what is considered "beautiful". These are 
however quite philosophical comparisons, and it is perhaps less well-known how 
mathematical and musical structures interact in a concrete way. One such way is 
through symmetry. In this presentation, I give a mathematical introduction to the 
music of the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), who developed a 
method of composing with "twelve-tone rows" (Zwolftonreihen) that incorporates 
permutations and symmetry as a fundamental part of the musical language, i.e. not 
merely as an aesthetic consideration thrown onto a pre-existing framework. I will 
also talk more generally about how some simple mathematical objects -- mainly 
algebraic and geometric -- can provide interesting and perhaps profound insights 
into musical language, in particular to the theory of harmony.


See you there!

Details can also be found on the school’s new Postgraduate Society website: