Set Theory is both the most important and most difficult contribution to 20th century music analysis and composition of the last forty years.
Set Theory Objects provides a comprehensive introduction to this theory and its practice, explaining the concepts and terminology used precisely and understandably. Computers are a valuable tool in set theoretic work. This book not only provides a survey of currently available software, it also describes the development of a new program for set theoretical applications. Particular attention is paid to the strategies followed in designing the program to make it a truly usable tool for musicians, regardless of their technical sophistication. Thus, this book is not only of interest to musicians, but can serve as a case study in human interface design.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1994. 211 pp., 33 fig., 7 tab.
Contents: Introduction - The Set Theoretical Approach to Music Analysis and Composition - Computer Tools Available for Set
Theory - Designing User-Oriented Software for Set Theory - Implementing Software for Set Theory - Data Structures for Set
Theory - Current Status and Future Goals - Set Class Tables - Definition and Theorems - Technical Documentation - Bibliography.