Modulation Theory and Lie Brackets of Vector Fields

Guerino Mazzola, René Guitart, Jocelyn Ho, Alex Lubet, Maria Mannone, Matt Rahaim, Florian Thalmann

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In a recent book [16], we have opened the discussion of a hypergestural restatement of mathematical counterpoint theory. The present chapter aims at a discussion in the same vein of the classical mathematical modulation theory [682, 670]. The present approach to modulation theory is based on the idea that degrees in the start tonality are interpreted as gestures that move to degrees (qua gestures) of the target tonality by means of hypergestures. This means that the symmetries relating tonalities in the classical setup are replaced by hypergestures that connect gesturally interpreted degrees. The present hypergestural model solves the problem, but it opens more questions than it answers in the sense that the construction of hypergestures that replace the classical inversion symmetries is by no means unique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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