Friday, March 20, 2015

All good-sounding, choral 13th chords

Here is a PDF of all good-sounding choral 13th chords (excluding transpositions) along with a MIDI. It contains 203 chords in an extreme choral range: F2 to A5, sorted in an order useful for music composition purposes.

This list also contains about fifteen chords which don't sound as good. However, I didn't detect a pattern I could use, in order to remove them automatically.

I removed all chords containing:
  • Minor seconds;
  • Minor ninths;
  • Tritones;
  • Two consecutive major seconds;
  • More than two major seconds;
  • Major seconds starting lower than F3 or higher than F4;
  • Gaps greater than an octave which resume higher than F4.

Copyright (c) 2015 Mark D. Blackwell.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Greek language history

Some time ago, I took notes on an interesting book about the history of Greek: The Greek Language, B.F.C. Atkinson, 1931.

My notes touch on:
  • Greek's linguistic sources in other cultures.
  • A history of pitch accents in Greek.
  • The Septuagint translation (into Greek)'s impact on (Greek) vocabulary and modes of expression.
  • Linguistic and stylistic currents (from the Septuagint and Aramaic) in the New Testament.
  • A comparison of Plato with the (Greek) New Testament, regarding each's linguistic impact.
  • Greek and English linguistic histories compared.
  • Linguistic change depends upon political and social development.
The notes: page 1, page 2, page 3.

Copyright (c) 2015 Mark D. Blackwell.