The Science of Musical Sounds

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Academic Press, 1991 - Music - 237 pages
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This book is concerned with the scientific aspects of musical sounds. It presents basic acoustics, auditory theory, and sound generation from both a theoretical and a practical view. Room acoustics, sound analysis, recording and reproduction, and sound synthesis as well as cognition are examined from the perspective of music.

Key Features
* The work is thoroughly grounded in music, rather than physics
* Provides an up-to-date presentation of auditory theory as it relates to music
* Presents a readable account of the scientific aspects of musical sounds

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Contents

What Is Sound?
8
Ear and Hearing
38
Scales Tunings and Temperaments I Introduction
78
What Is an Interval?
80
Calculating Intervals
81
Consonance and Dissonance
83
Pythagorean Tuning
86
Just Tuning
87
NoFeedback Instruments
116
Feedback Instruments
128
String Instruments I Introduction
141
Instruments with Struck Strings
145
Instruments with Plucked Strings
152
Instruments with Bowed Strings
154
Rod and Membrane Instruments I Rod Instruments
161
Membrane Instruments
164

Equally Tempered Tuning
89
Cent
92
Comparing Tunings
94
Calculating Intervals
97
Demands on a Scale
98
The Scale in Practice
100
Craving for Stretching
103
Wind Instruments I Introduction
106
Tube Resonators
108
Bells and Gongs
167
Room Acoustics I Introduction
169
Absorption
172
Calculating Reverberation Time
174
Modulation Transfer
177
Music and Electronics
188
I0 Music as Communication
212
References
229
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About the author (1991)

Sundberg is with The Royal Institute of Technology, Speech and Communication and Music Acoustics in Stockholm.

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