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Math in music Who would have guessed Math has always been regarded as an uninteresting subject containing only numbers and equations Music at the same time is seen only as a simple combination of sounds thrown together Music is a combination of sounds but math is what takes those uncomplicated sounds and structures them into music Rules must be followed to create all the different types of music All of these rules are founded on mathematics Mathematics is the foundation for the stratification of the music theory Mathematics structures music from its smallest part to its most complicated segment Notes are considered the smallest section of music In The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music a note is defined as a written sign representing the pitch and duration of a single musical sound Scholes 411 At the moment I will concentrate only on the duration of the sound The duration of a note depends on the shape of that particular note Kerr Taylor 645 An illustration of the following notes will be given in the appendix whole-note half-note quarter-note eighth-note sixteenth-note thirty-second note sixty-fourth note and one-hundred twenty-eighth note Out of all of these notes six of them are frequently seen in the music of today Each note has a corresponding rest A rest is a note of silence in the music It is the time when there is no sound Rests 538 Whole-notes or semibreves are the first types of notes used in modern music Whole-notes look simply like a hollow oval The whole-note is worth four beats in the 44 time signature which is the most commonly used time signature in music Scholes xiii The definition of a beat is a pulsation Kerr Taylor 560 Time signatures will be more thoroughly explain later in this essay Whole-notes are know as the largest notes still used in recent music There is one larger note but it is rarely if ever used in modern music That
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