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.
Smoliar, S. W. (1995) Book Review: "New Images of Musical Sound," by Robert Cogan. In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 1, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/84966/.