The Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An Introduction (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 15, 2008 - Science - 242 pages
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This introductory text deals with the physical systems and biological processes that intervene in what we broadly call 'music.' It analyzes what physical properties of sound patterns are associated with what psychological sensations of music, and describes how these sound patterns are actually produced in musical instruments, how they propagate through the environment, and how they are detected by the ear and interpreted in the brain. Without using complicated mathematics, the author weaves a close mesh between the disciplines of acoustics, psychophysics, and neurobiology, offering an integral picture of not only the science of music, but also the 'music of science', that is, the beauty and excitement of scientific research, reasoning and understanding. This text should be accessible to undergraduate-level students, whether from science, arts or engineering schools, but it should also be useful to professional musicians, physics educators, acoustical engineers and neuroscientists. The fourth edition incorporates recent research on tone generation in musical instruments and latest findings in brain science.

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A Multidisciplinary Overview
to 2 Sound Vibrations Pure Tones and the Perception of Pitch
to 3 Sound Waves Acoustic Energy and the Perception of Loudness
to 4 Generation of Musical Sounds Complex Tones and the Perception of Timbre
to 5 Superposition and Successions of Complex Tones and the Integral Perception of Music
Appendix I Some Quantitative Aspects of the Bowing Mechanism
Appendix II Some Quantitative Aspects of Central Pitch Processor Models
Appendix III Some Remarks on Teaching Physics and Psychophysics of Music

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About the author (2008)

Juan G. Roederer is professor of physics emeritus at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and adviser at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. 1952 DSc. University of Buenos Aires; 1966 professor of physics at that university; 1967-1977 professor at the University of Denver, Colorado; 1977-1986 director of the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska, then professor until 1993. Research fields: space physics, psychoacoustics, information theory and science policy; author of over 250 articles in scientific journals. His books "Mecanica Elemental" (Eudeba, Buenos Aires), "Dynamics of Geomagnetically Trapped Radiation" and "Physics and Psychophysics of Music" (both at Springer-Verlag) are ???classic??? university textbooks in their fields; the latter was translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. Roederer is a member of the Academies of Science of Austria, Argentina, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.

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"??? eine Buchreihe ... Begr??ndet und redaktionell betreut von Physikerin Angela Lahee, hat sie das Ziel, den Lesern eine Erweiterung und Reflexion der eigenen Wissensgrenzen zu erm??glichen. ??? Die zentrale Rolle der Information in der Natur ??? Quantentheorie, Biologie, Genetik und Hirnforschung ??? er??rtert der Physiker Juan G. Roederer ??? au??erordentlich lesenwert. ???was wir brauchen, ist nicht der Wille zu glauben, sondern der Wille herauszufinden??? ??? Die interdisziplin??re, unkonventionelle Frontiers Collection ??? hat ihn sogar zu ihrem Leitspruch erhoben."

(R??diger Vaas, in: NaturwissenschaftlicheRundschau, 2007, Vol. 60, Issue 4, S. 212 ff.)


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