Hearing Math and Seeing Music: a Workshop on Pitch Perception and Temperament

Evelyn Lamb
Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2015)
Pages 581–584 Workshop Papers


Our perception of sound relies on frequencies of waves in the air. Certain frequencies and combinations of frequencies are interpreted by our brains as musical, whether concordant or discordant. In this workshop, we will explore different aspects of mathematics as it relates to pitch perception, including different tuning systems with 12 or more pitches to the octave and the “missing fundamental” effect. We will use both audio and visual aids in our explorations.