Physics of Musical Instruments

ISBN-10: 0387983740

ISBN-13: 9780387983745

Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)

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Description: While the history of musical instruments is nearly as old as civilization itself, the science of acoustics is quite recent. By understanding the physical basis of how instruments are used to make music, one hopes ultimately to be able to give physical criteria to distinguish a fine instrument from a mediocre one. At that point science may be able to come to the aid of art in improving the design and performance of musical instruments. As yet, many of the subtleties in musical sounds of which instrument makers and musicians are aware and remain beyond the reach of modern acoustic measurements. Indeed, for many musical instruments it is only within the past few years that musical acoustics has achieved even a reasonable understanding of the basic mechanisms determining the tone quality, and in some cases even major features of the sounding mechanism have only recently been unravelled. This book describes the results of such acoustical investigations-intellectual and practical exercises of great fascination. Addressed to readers with a reasonable grasp of physics who are not put off by a little mathematics, this book discusses most of the traditional instruments currently in use in Western music. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account the insights arising from recent research, and to generalize or clarify the presentation in many places. The book should continue to serve as a guide for all who have an interest in music and how it is produces as well as serving as a comprehensive reference for those undertaking research in the field.

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Springer
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 756
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Tom Rossing has taught musical acoustics for nearly 50 years, and has been active in research in this area for at least 30 years. In 1992 he was awarded the Silver Medal in Musical Acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America, and his biography is included in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He is also the editor of the 2006 Springer Handbook of Acoustics. In 2009 he was awarded the ASA Gold Medal by the Acoustical Society of America for contributions to musical acoustics, leadership in science education, and service to the Society.

Vibrating Systems
Free and Forced Vibrations of Simple Systems
Continuous Systems in One Dimension: Strings and Bars
Two-Dimensional Systems: Membranes, Plates, and Shells
Coupled Vibrating Systems
Nonlinear Systems
Sound Waves
Sound Waves in Air
Sound Radiation
Pipes, Horns, and Cavities
String Instruments
Guitars and Lutes
Bowed String Instruments
Harps, Harpsicords, Clavicords, and Dulcimers
The Piano
Wind Instruments
Sound generation by Reed and Lip Vibrations
Lip-driven Brass Instruments
Woodwind Reed Instruments
Flutes and Flue Organ Pipes
Pipe Organs
Percussion Instruments
Drums
Mallet Percussion Instruments
Cymbals, Gongs, Plates, and Steel Drums
Bells
Materials
Materials for Musical Instruments
Name Index
Subject Index
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