I picked up these books recently, Gareth Loy’s Musimathics volume 1 and volume 2, and I was pleased to discover they are delightfully written.

Here’s a few things I like so far.

Musimathics: volume 1

From the preface:

Since engineering is basically about applying human values to nature, readers will discover a lot about themselves, about the world of sound and music, and about what human cultures have valued. However, because I approach these values from an abstract perspective, they can be seen objectively, giving a better vantage point from which readers can make their own choices.

Musimathics: volume 1

From the forward by John Chowning talking about the musicians and engineers at SAIL:

An implicit understanding within this community of individual users went something like this: Any question asked would be cheerfully and completely answered, to any level of detail… once! It was assumed that the questioner would then make the effort to follow up and fully comprehend the answer and all its implications before returning with another question.

From the preface:

I believe that enlightened common sense and inference are the whole of mathematics and that inference itself flows from enlightened common sense.

And a wonderful quote that opens the first chapter on sampling digital signals:

The gods confound the man who first found out how to distinguish the hours! Confound him, too who in this place set up a sundial, to cut and hack my days so wretchedly into small portions!
~ Plautus

I feel compelled to mention the beautiful design and lovely feeling paper.

Thanks to my virtual classmates in audio signal processing for recommending it.