THIS IS FROM WIKIPEDIA- music theorists sometimes use mathematics to understand music. Mathematics is “the basis of sound” and sound itself “in its musical aspects… exhibits a remarkable array of number properties”, simply because nature itself “is amazingly mathematical”.[1] Though ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Mesopotamians are known to have studied the mathematical principles of sound,[2] the Pythagoreans of ancient Greece are the first researchers known to have investigated the expression of musical scales ……. Their central doctrine was that “all nature consists of harmony arising out of numbers”.[4]

From the time of Plato, harmony was considered a fundamental branch of physics, now known as musical acoustics. Early Indian and Chinese theorists show similar approaches: all sought to show that the mathematical laws of harmonics and rhythms were fundamental not only to our understanding of the world but to human well-being.[5] Confucius, like Pythagoras, regarded the small numbers 1,2,3,4 as the source of all perfection.[6]

To this day mathematics has more to do with acoustics than with composition, and the use of mathematics in composition is historically limited to the simplest operations of counting and measuring.[citation needed] The attempt to structure and communicate new ways of composing and hearing music has led to musical applications of set theory, abstract algebra and number theory

So, this is the study of music an aspect of the study of time and timeography?  Can counting numbers help move evolution through eras of time? Are rhythms and harmonies necessary for the perfection of Nature?


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