The Harmony of the World

Christopher Arthur
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 117–118


Experimental music with mathematics and astronomy is discussed. Chord-like pitch arrangements are determined with geometric proportions arising in planetary movements. Rudimentary digital audio with Fourier series and the JPL on-line ephemeris is developed as a software solution. Computer musicians may listen to and select harmonies by specifying a date in time. A study and application of the ideas in The Harmony of the World by Johannes Kepler is presented with a software demonstration.