Books by Tom Johnson
The theory of the logical and mathematical techniques used by the composer: finite and infinite automata. the paper-folding formula, "self-replicating" melodies, etc. A rather detailed discussion, 291 pages, with many new melodies, written to demonstrate the techniques used. $24
An appreciation of the connection between
mathematics and music dates back at least to Pythagoras, but rarely does one
have a chance to explore that connection in such intimate detail as in these
bracing pages. Composer Tom Johnson weaves back and forth between notes and
numbers, delighting in patterns that lead up to self-similarity (the basic of
fractal geometry). Some familiarity with both sides of the topic is a prerequisite;
committed readers will, however, receive a unique aesthetic education.
Scientific American, May 1997
See review by David Feldman.
VOICE OF NEW MUSIC (1991)
An anthology of articles on the evolution of minimal music in New York in 1972-1982, which originally appeared in the Village Voice. Published originally by Apollohuis, in Eindhoven, Holland, and now available as a free download.
The Voice of New Music (PDF format, preferred) [888 KB]
The Voice of New Music (Microsoft Word format) [1.1 MB]
Please let the author know by e-mail your opinion on this new edition. Write to tom (at) johnson (dot) org