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 sections.
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Waves and Vibrations
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absorption acoustical amplifier amplitude approximately basilar membrane bass beats Benade Chapter chord chromatic scale clarinet components corresponding critical bands curve diaphragm diatonic diatonic scale difference tone effect electrical electronic energy equal temperament example fifth flute force formant frequency ratio fundamental graph harmonic series hear higher impedance input instruments intensity intervals JASA length listener loudness loudspeaker magnetic major thirds measure meter microphone mistuning mode frequencies motion move musical acoustics natural modes noise notes oboe octave output pattern perception percussion instruments piano pipe pitch play pressure produce quency radiation range reed resonance response reverberation scale Section semitones shown in Figure signal sine waves sound level sound wave speaker spectra spectrum speed standing waves steady string Suppose timbre tion tone holes transducers trumpet tube tuning valve vibration violin vocal cords vocal tract voltage vowel waveform wavelength woodwinds