Exploring the notion of the “mathematics of emotion through music.”
Music stimulates emotion and is based on laws of mathematics and physics. The Emotiomatics venture is exploring two hypotheses – that there is a field of mathematics that describes emotion using musical concepts, and that mathematical concepts can be taught using music.
The Emotiomatics venture is developing reference materials, such as models, methodologies, and tools for reading, writing, and playing music using presentation techniques that augment traditional musical notation. The materials will be available through books, software, and websites. The venture also intends to develop electronic musical instruments, in conjunction with these reference materials, that have micro-tonal and micro-rhythmic capabilities.
The materials build on traditional music theory and techniques that are blended with new ones for both Eastern and Western genres. These materials make it easier for individuals without formal musical training to read, write, and play music, whether their own or that of others.
Collectively these materials (reference and instruments) form the Emotiomatics discipline, which is aimed at promoting “music for the rest of us” - in other words, for those who do not have formal musical training. These materials also explore the underlying mathematics of the sounds that drive specific emotions, which can be expressed in musical terms.
A subset of the Emotiomatics discipline is the field of Emotiomonics, which explores the presentation of formulas and patterns with highly graphical visual aids to explain musical concepts in simple terms. The field also explores the notion of teaching basic mathematical concepts through music to make learning the subject areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry more interesting.
The Emotiomatics venture combines the emotional feelings of musicians with the rational thinking of mathematicians. Thus, the venture addresses music as both an art and a science.