Book Review

"New Images of Musical Sound," by Robert Cogan

S. W. Smoliar

While Robert Cogan's "New Images of Musical Sound" is now over ten years old, the applicability of Fourier analysis as a basis for music theory is still a relevant issue. This review attempts to put Cogan's work into both a technical perspective, regarding what sound analysis technology now supports, and a theoretical one, regarding his attempt to build a theory on the foundations of phonology. From a technical point of view, it is now far easier to approach analysis as Cogan has done; but his attempt to build a theory suffers from some significant weaknesses.

Journal Music Theory Online
Year 1995
Volume 1
Pages np

Smoliar, S. W. (1995) Book Review: "New Images of Musical Sound," by Robert Cogan. In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 1, pp. np. Available at


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