The Sonic Resource Guide is a reference book for the application of set theory principles to jazz improvisation.
It is meant for the musician who wants to explore new sounds for improvisation or composition. The aim of Sonic Resource Guide is to bridge the gap between highly mathematical pitch class theory books and the often limited scope of jazz improvisation methods by demonstrating various musical relationships that an improviser can use to create fresh sounding musical content.
The book reduces note relationships down to 220 prime forms. Endless combinations of notes can be derived from these prime forms which are commonly referred to as pitch class sets. Jazz musicians will find this book user friendly because all relationships are listed as both pitch names and scale degrees. Set theory students will find each pitch class set is also expressed in its prime form. 702 pages.