[music-dsp] Basic Maths Topics for Music-DSP
rossb-lists at audiomulch.com
Mon Oct 2 23:56:54 EDT 2006
I agree with Mike and Erik that basic algebra, Linear Algebra and complex
numbers are important.
For linear algebra you could check out this online book, I think it's quite
You can probably pick up a fair bit of fundamental stuff at mathworld:
And of course everyone should have at least one friend with a degree in
Another thing: There's always more than one way to explain something. At
least initially, you should be selective about the kind of DSP books you're
reading -- there are quite a few out there for musicians (Ken Steiglitz, F.
Richard Moore and Perry Cook come to mind as authors). Don't feel
discouraged if you can't grok a text intended for a graduate engineering
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sam Ferguson" <thefishfinger at ihug.com.au>
To: "A discussion list for music-related DSP" <music-dsp at music.columbia.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 10:05 AM
Subject: [music-dsp] Basic Maths Topics for Music-DSP
> Hi Music-DSPr's -
> I have a kind of broad question - What kind of maths should I know to get
> round a dsp book successfully, and where can I read about this maths
> before attempting my dsp book.
> I've got a background in music, and thus most of my highschool maths is
> but a memory, and now I find it would be very useful. I'm usually ok with
> reading relatively well written books to understand these types of
> concepts, and I work in a fair number of computer programming languages
> successfully. However, when I open a proper maths book I feel a bit
> blinded by science; the breadth of topics is enormous, and I don't think
> I can cope with all of it (without starting an entire undergraduate
> degree's worth of work). However, when I open a dsp book I look at some
> of the maths in it and can't even understand some of the basic
> terminology/symbols so I'm obviously in need of some of it. I just want
> to understand the language so I can learn how to read these papers.
> So my request is for a list of the maths topics that would be helpful for
> me, and an order in which I should attempt them.
> Many thanks for any help you can provide.
> Sam Ferguson
> Faculty of Architecture
> The University of Sydney
> sferguson at arch.usyd.edu.au
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