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Measured Tones The Interplay of Physics and Music

ISBN-10: 0750307625
ISBN-13: 9780750307628
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
List price: $59.95
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Description: From the very earliest experiments on vibrating strings and primitive sound makers to the latest concerns of digital sound recording, MP3 files, and information theory, this book explores the relationship between physics and music in an  More...

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Book details

List price: $59.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/1/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 420
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

From the very earliest experiments on vibrating strings and primitive sound makers to the latest concerns of digital sound recording, MP3 files, and information theory, this book explores the relationship between physics and music in an entertaining, user-friendly way. It provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the physics involved in every stage of the music making process. The book also narrates the story of our developing concept of the universe we live in: from the ancient visions of a cosmos regulated by the music of the spheres to our current understanding of an expanding universe controlled by the laws of quantum mechanics and string theory.

Ian Johnston is currently an independent scholar pursuing a lifelong passion for ancient languages.

List of tables
Prologue
Why these and not others?
Length of strings
Harmonious intervals
Pythagoras
Pentatonic and Pythagorean scales
Ptolemy
Boethius
Music and scientific method
Medieval music
Josquin
Copernicus
Kepler
Galileo
Vibrations
Pendulums and strings
Consonance
Measurement of frequency
Standards of pitch
Brass instruments
The harmonies of a mechanical universe
Mechanical forces
Energy
Oscillation theory
Mersenne's Laws
Baroque music
Instruments
Equal temperament
The piano
Overtones of enlightenment
Newton and the Age of Reason
Visualization of oscillations
Overtones
Harmonic analysis and synthesis
Rameau and harmony
End of the Englightenment
The violin
Over the waves
Wave theory
Speed of sound
Wave properties: reflection, absorption, diffraction
Huygens and Young
Standing waves
Acoustics in architecture
The romance of electricity
The Romantic movement
Study of electricity, Faraday
Acoustics
Energy coupling and acoustic impedance
Mismatch theorem
Standing waves in air columns
Woodwind instruments
Summertime in Heidelberg
Wagner and Helmholtz
Theory of resonance
Working of the ear
Pitch recognition and discrimination
Psycho-acoustics
Theory of consonance
Percussion instruments
O brave new world
Communication devices: microphones, gramophones, values, transistors
Effect on music
Modern sound engineering: frequency response, transients
Technology
Electronic instruments
I think, therefore I am
Theory of communication
Information
Computers
Computer composition
Sublimest of instruments, the voice
Epilogue
Musical notation
Logarithms
Measurement of pitch intervals
Measurement of loudness
Acoustic impedance
Pentatonic scales
Bibliography
Accompanying web site
Index

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