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Esteem for Jazz

History of Jazz Ted GioiaThe Jazz Appreciation Month JAM was created at the National Museum of American History in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz.

JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

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Mathematics and music

There are a few known connections between mathematics and music.  An unproved example is the belief that listening to Mozart may improve the mathematical abilities of children.  Another connection is often seen as the musical talents of mathematicians and physicists such as Albert Einstein.  I also recall the Walt Disney film “Fantasia” where music is artfully portrayed in colors and stories.

Typicall music is considered one of the fine arts.

A new study shows that the science of mathematics and the musical arts can connect to each other by being open in mutual interest and esteem.

The geometrical music theory is a technique for mapping out music in coordinate space.  It may sound complicated but we don’t need to understand the theory behind this musical visualization.  Just enjoy these results:

Classic music creates cone shapes and jazz looks pyramid-like.  An interesting finding, but perhaps not a surprise to their many fans is that in a certain manner Bach and the Beatles apply the same geometrical characteristics.

I think the openness and mutual esteem of arts and sciences toward each other can create new and innovative insights.  This is one of them.