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Links to some valuable information on music and color theory and more
63 In-Depth Synthesis Tutorials by Sound on Sound
The music magazine Sound on Sound has an amazing long running tutorial series on the topic. 63 tutorials total released from May 1999 to July 2004. From the basic components of a synth and different types of synthesis to synthesising all kinds of instruments whether it’s strings, brass, wind instruments or various percussive sounds. This tutorial series is certainly the most extensive of its kind on synthesis. Even for producers and musicians who are well acquainted with synthesis, there is something new to learn or knowledge to freshen up. All of the tutorials are still accessible, even if not directly via the magazine’s website. You can find them all listed below in chronological order.
Acoustics and Vibration Animations by Dr. Daniel A. Russell
Teaching Professor of Acoustics, Graduate Program in Acoustics, The Pennsylvania State University. He created animations illustrating acoustics and vibration, waves and oscillation concepts.
A free digital book that teaches a practical introduction to the new foundations of graphic design.
By Rune Madsen
Based on the Western system of notes (as exemplified by the piano keyboard), there are 1490 possible scales. 2 In other words, with the combined genius of medieval monks through Beethoven through Stravinsky and Coltrane, we've managed to explore roughly 1% of this musical terrain.
Awesome Music Theory
An "awesome music theory" kinda wiki with books, resources and courses for studying everything about music and sound
Building Beats
We envision a world where any individual, regardless of their origin, can pursue their passion and build a career out of it. To realize this vision, we empower individuals and help them become self‑sufficient, creative producers that will benefit their community while leading personally fulfilling lives.
Online color converter for different color models
Encyclopedia of Microtonal Music Theory
A very deep resource about all the subtleties and complexities of music theory by [Joe Monzo](
Home page of William A. Sethares
A very important figure in sensory dissonance research. His book "Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale" gives a comprehensive understanding of many important music concepts in a scientifically based way.
IMSLP - Petrucci Music Library
IMSLP, also known as the International Music Score Library Project or Petrucci Music Library, was started in 2006. The logo on the main page is a capital letter A. It was taken from the beginning of the very first printed book of music, the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton. It was published in Venice in 1501 by Ottaviano Petrucci, the library's namesake. The IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library is currently owned and run by Project Petrucci LLC, a company created with the sole purpose of managing this site. IMSLP welcomes submissions of both public domain materials as well as copyrighted materials with proper permission according to our licensing policy.
Jazz Piano Site
Each of the below Jazz Piano Lessons introduces a particular concept found in Jazz. As well as explaining the underlying idea, I give examples of how the theory applies in practice. The lessons are further subdivided into modules covering specific aspects of Jazz. While they assume a minimal level of music theory and technical knowledge, they presume you know literally NOTHING about Jazz. As such, they start from a beginner level and gradually build up towards more advanced topics. These Jazz Piano Lessons cover everything you need to know to appreciate and play Jazz. By the end of these tutorials you should have a solid understanding of Jazz, and (with enough practice) be able to competently improvise and 'comp over any Jazz song. Please also note that this website is a perennial work-in-progress. I will continue to add more Jazz Piano Lessons in the future to cover more topics and concepts. Enjoy!
List of chord progressions
Comprehesive Wikipedia collection of chord progressions
List of chords
Comprehesive Wikipedia collection of chords
List of pitch intervals
Comprehesive Wikipedia collection of intervals
List of scales and modes
Comprehesive Wikipedia collection of pitch class collections
Math Science Music
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz launched Math, Science & Music in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education as an initiative that uses music as a tool to teach math and science to young people in public and private schools around the world. The program addresses the growing need for students to gain skills and acquire knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and learn to think creatively.
Music acoustics
Physics and music have been related for millenia. The art and science of music acoustics are presented here, in musician-friendly format, as is our research in music science.
Musical instrument museums online
Explore the world collections of musical instruments
Music animation machine
A life long project of Stephen Malinowski – he manually animates music pieces into nice visual playalongs. He uses blue color for the tonic (C) and accending colors for every next step of a fifth.
Rhythmic light by Fred Collopy
The most full and honorable source of knowledge about light to sound correspondences. Started in 1998 and still growing!
The Exciting Universe Of Music Theory
A complete study of all Scales in the existence by Ian Ring. "The place for all you music theory nerds to geek out. Bask in the warm bath of wisdom, and be envied by all your peers with your deep knowledge of musical lore. "
The Music notation project
Many people struggle to learn to read and play music, and many give up before they become proficient. Could a better notation system make reading, writing, and playing music more enjoyable and easier to learn? We think so.