Public Lecture: Musical Geometry, Games, and Multimedia Art
(Wednesday, October 18th)

Location: Salomon Center at Brown University. Doors open at 6pm. Lecture begins at 6:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets collected at door. Reserve your seat today!



In the past decade, musicians have come to realize that there is a deep connection between elementary musical concepts (chord, scale, voice leading) and basic concepts of recent geometry (quotient space, orbifold, tangent vector). In my talk I will review the principles underlying this connection and then demonstrate some recent applications of these ideas, including a large-scale multimedia work for orchestra and live video, in which the images and sounds explore the same geometrical relationships, musical games in which users directly interact with abstract musical geometries, and new musical instruments based on these same ideas.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dmitri Tymoczko (b. 1969, Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book A Geometry of Music (Oxford) has been described as “a tour de force” (The Times Literary Supplement), a “monumental achievement” (Music Theory Online), and, potentially, a modern analogue to Schoenberg’s Harmonielehre (The Musical Times). His two CDs, Beat Therapy (“far reaching yet utterly entertaining,” Newmusicbox) and Crackpot Hymnal (“ebullient … polystylistic … kinetic … vividly orchestrated and vibrantly paced,” Sequenza21), are available from Bridge Records. A third CD, Rube Goldberg Variations, will appear in 2017. The author of the first music-theory article ever published by Science magazine, he has received a Rhodes scholarship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and additional prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Tanglewood, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and others. His music, which often draws on jazz and rock, has been performed and commissioned by groups including the Amernet Quartet, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Brentano Quartet, the Corigliano Quartet, Flexible Music, Gallicantus, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Janus Trio, the Kitchener/Waterloo symphony, Network for New Music, Newspeak, Pacifica Quartet, Synergy Vocal Ensemble, Third Coast PercussionQuartet, and Ursula Oppens.

Dmitri Tymoczko,
Princeton University