Item description for Musical Temperaments by R. Steblin Erich Neuwirth...
This multimedia product (book and CD-ROM) lets the reader investigate the mathematical foundations of musical tuning systems as theory and as audible experience. The embedded acoustical examples help to establish immediate connection between the formulas and the acoustical characteristics of different musical scales. The musical temperaments covered in the document are Pure, Pythagorean, Meantone, and Equal, the historically most important tuning systems. For each one of these temperaments the construction principles are explained in detail and with interactive visual aids, and whenever a mathematical formula for an interval is derived, this interval is made audible and can easily be compared with similar intervals in the different tuning systems. The sound examples in the multimedia version cover intervals, scales, and chords in the different tuning systems, and some examples even allow to listen to different scales simultaneously on the two channels of a stereo system. Besides being an introductory text with sound the document also contains a reference part which gives easy access to all the sound examples in a systematic way, making the CD-ROM the first easily and quickly accessible reference for listening to musical examples in different tuning systems. The multimedia document can be used on any PC with Microsoft Windows 95, 3.1 or 3.11 installed. Hardware requirement: 16-bit sound card, correctly installed in Windows.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.55" Width: 6.53" Height: 0.25" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Mar 4, 2004
ISBN 3211830405 ISBN13 9783211830406
Availability 122 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 26, 2016 11:26.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Musical Temperaments?
Amen to the anonymous customer's review! Jul 9, 2008
I got the book as a used book, minus the CD-ROM, and for only $20, on this site Marketplace. The skimpy 70-page book isn't really even worth $20. I've seen much better books around for reasonable prices, and I rather wonder why the publisher expects anyone to pay nearly $100 for the book. As the anonymous customer who reviewed it earlier said, perhaps if you really want the CD it might be worth putting out the money, but as a reference on musical temperaments, even $20 is too much.
A valuable educational tool about temperaments Jan 28, 2004
This book, short as it is, presents the rationale behind the development of the major Western musical temperaments in a clear and readable fashion. It is technically accurate and the sound examples are well-designed to make the differences between Pythagorean, pure, meantone, and tempered tunings as apparent to the ear as the text makes them clear to the mind.
You might want to look at Dr. Neuwirth's site first. This product is essentially a CD with an instruction book, and a $29.95 price would seem more in keeping with the amount of content, if undervaluing the quality of the work.
Technical problems solvable! Feb 18, 2003
I am the author of Musical Temperaments.
The technical problem a reader/reviewer described is solvable. On Windows XP just go to the NT4ENG subdirectory of the CDROM and run SETUP.EXE there. This will install the software, and all the necessary files will be installed.
The CDROM was designed and implemented before Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, therefore START.EXE will not recognize these OS's. Manual install of the Windows NT version will work.
Then, all the almost 400 sound files will be accessible.
Not worth the price unless you really need the sample CD! Jun 3, 2002
This book is only a skimpy 70 pages long, not even 80 as the blurb says. It doesn't explain much more than the very basics of a few historical tuning systems. If you want the scoop in only 70 pages, more comprehensive info is available on the web. This is only of interest to university or other libraries who might want to stock a copy. Maybe useful for the CD examples if you really need this interactive tour. Note that the program that is installed by this CD does not run on Windows XP Home edition: MFC30.DLL is not found. Well, if you can find MFC30.DLL it might run...