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Musical Acoustics

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ISBN-10: 0534377289

ISBN-13: 9780534377281

Edition: 3rd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Donald Hall

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Musical acoustics presents a unique opportunity to see science and art working together. This book is a balanced presentation of all aspects of musical acoustics. It explains how our ears and brains interpret musical events, and connects traditional physical analyses to musical reality. The purpose of the book is two fold: (1) To help students use simple physical concepts as tools for understanding how music works, and (2) To use students' interest in music to motivate the study and appreciation of scientific methods. Any given chapter will challenge students with several points that are not obvious on the first reading. Starred sections are optional and are not a prerequisite to later…    
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Book details

List price: $199.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 8/22/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 7.56" wide x 9.56" long x 0.88" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

The Nature of Sound
Acoustics and Music
Kinds of acoustics
"... But is it music?"
Organizing Our Study of Sound
The Physical Nature of Sound
The value of wave analogies
The Speed of Sound
Pressure and Sound Amplitude
Waves and Vibrations
The Time Element in Sound
The ubiquitous oscilloscope
Functional Relations
Simple Harmonic Oscillation
Mass and weight
Work, Energy, and Resonance
Sources of Sound
Classifying Sound Sources
Percussion Instruments
String Instruments
Wind Instruments
Source Size
Transposing instruments
Sound from the Natural Environment
Sound Propagation
Reflection and Refraction
The wave nature of matter
Outdoor Music
The Doppler Effect
Interference and Beats
Sound Intensity and Its Measurement
Amplitude, Energy, and Intensity
Sound Level and the Decibel Scale
The sound level meter
Sound levels in music
The Inverse-Square Law
Environmental Noise
Combined Sound Levels and Interference
Combining amplitudes, intensities, and sound levels
The Human Ear and Its Response
The Mechanism of the Human Ear
Limits of Audibility and Discrimination
Hearing loss
Characteristics of Steady Single Tones
Loudness and Intensity
The psychophysical law
Pitch and Frequency
Pitch and Loudness Together
Timbre and Instrument Recognition
Elemental Ingredients Of Music
Organizing Musical Events in Time
Melody and Harmony
Scales and Intervals
The chromatic scale in equal temperament
The Harmonic Series
Sound Spectra and Electronic Synthesis
Prototype Steady Tones
Periodic Waves and Fourier Spectra
Modulated Tones
Electronic and Computer Music
Musical uses of computers
Percussion Instruments and Natural Modes
Searching for Simplicity
Coupled Pendulums
Natural Modes and Their Frequencies
Tuning Forks and Xylophone Bars
Drums, Cymbals, and Bells
Striking Points and Vibration Recipes
Damped Vibrations
Piano and Guitar Strings
Natural Modes of a Thin String
Standing and traveling waves
Vibration Recipes for Plucked Strings
Vibration Recipes for the Piano
The piano action
Piano Scaling and Tuning
Impedance matching
The Bowed String
Violin Construction
Bowing and String Vibrations
Energy flow and resonance
Sound Radiation from String Instruments
Blown Pipes and Flutes
Air Column Vibrations
Acoustic standing waves
Fluid Jets and Edgetones
Examples of flow instability
Organ Flue Pipes
Organ Registration and Design
Fingerholes and Recorders
The Transverse Flute
Blown Reed Instruments
Organ Reed Pipes
The Reed Woodwinds
The Brass Family
A chromatic scale for the trumpet
Playable Notes and Harmonic Spectra
The tacet horn
The Human Voice
The Vocal Apparatus
Sound Production
The Bernoulli effect
Special Characteristics of the Singing Voice
Room Acoustics
General Criteria for Room Acoustics
Traveling and standing waves
Reverberation Time
Reverberation Calculation
Reverberant Sound Levels
Sound Reinforcement
Spatial Perception
Anechoic chambers and reverberation chambers
Sound Reproduction
Electric and Magnetic Concepts
Multiphonic Sound Reproduction
The Ear Revisited
Types of Pitch Judgment
Pitch Perception Mechanisms
Modern Pitch Perception Theory
Critical Bands
The uncertainty principle
Combination Tones
Loudness and Masking
Harmonic Intervals and Tuning
Interval Perception
Intervals and the Harmonic Series
Musical Scales
The Impossibility of Perfect Tuning
Tuning and Temperament
Moods, keys, and transposition
Structure in Music
Melodies and Modes
Chords and Harmonic Progressions
Consonance and Dissonance
Musical Forms and Styles
Epilogue: Science and Esthetics
Written Music
The Metric System
Units for Physical Measurements
Scientific Notation and Computation
Hints and Answers to Selected Exercises
The Chromatic Scale; The Harmonic Series Slider