Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

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Taylor & Francis, 2001 - Music - 385 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of acoustics, including the principles of human perception of sound, sometimes called psychoacoustics.





Acoustics and Psychoacoustics is ideal for students of music technology, sound recording, traditional music and acoustics, as well as engineers studying audio, multimedia and communications systems. Anyone who wants a practical understanding of how real musical sounds behave and are perceived in real spaces, will find this an accessible and interesting read.

Subjects featured include:
Principles of sound
Human hearing and psychoacoustics
Musical timbre, pitch and loudness perception
Sound generation in musical instruments
Sound in different environments (architectural acoustics)
Processing sound electronically

The book's second edition provides new material on wave motion, brass and woodwind instruments, forward and backward masking, an introduction to coding, and diffusion. Additional references and marginal notes explaining basic terms are provided to aid understanding.

Supporting website:
http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~dmh8/AcPsych/acpsyc.htm

Visit the book's supporting website, designed by author David Howard, for additional resources:
Questions and exercises to test your knowledge
Web links for further resources and research
Audio clips
Calculation facilities (eg. adding decibel values and converting between frequency ratio and cents/semitones)

The website can also be reached via www.focalpress.com


Professor David M Howard lectures on music technology at the University of York's Electronics Department. His research interests include the analysis and synthesis of music, speech and singing, human hearing modelling and the use of computer displays in voice teaching. He is an active organist, choral singer and choral conductor.
Dr James Angus was an instigator of the music technology courses at York, where he formerly lectured. He is now an independent consultant and researches in the area of acoustics, in particular diffuser design and audio signal processing.

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics is part of the Focal Press Music Technology Series.

*A broad-ranging introduction to acoustics and psychoacoustics
*Highly accessible for students requiring a practical understanding of the subject
*Supporting website features exam questions and links to online sources
 

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Contents

Introduction to sound
1
12 Sound intensity power and pressure level
14
13 Adding sounds together
20
14 The inverse square law
28
15 Sound interactions
33
16 Time and frequency domains
51
17 Analysing spectra
56
Introduction to hearing
65
53 Psychoacoustics of timbre
220
54 The pipe organ as a timbral synthesiser
226
55 Deceiving the ear
228
Hearing music in different environments
247
62 Room modes and standing waves
288
63 Absorption materials
305
64 Diffusion materials
311
65 Sound isolation
316

21 The anatomy of the hearing system
66
22 Critical bands
74
23 Frequency and pressure sensitivity ranges
79
24 Loudness perception
82
25 Noiseinduced hearing loss
91
26 Perception of sound source direction
96
Notes and harmony 31 Musical notes
109
32 Hearing pitch
119
33 Hearing notes
136
34 Tuning systems
144
Acoustic model for musical instruments 41 A black box model of musical instruments
152
42 Stringed instruments
155
43 Wind instruments
166
44 Percussion instruments
194
45 The speaking and singing voice
198
Hearing timbre and deceiving the ear 51 What is timbre?
210
52 Acoustics of timbre
211
66 Energytime considerations
321
Processing sound electronically
327
72 Equalisation and tone controls
331
73 Artificial reverberation
335
74 Chorus automatic double tracking ADT phasing and flanging effects
343
75 Pitch processing and time modification
347
76 Sound morphing and vocoding
354
77 Spatial processing
356
78 Loudness processing
361
79 Summary
364
Solving the ERB equation
367
Converting between frequency ratios and cents
369
Deriving the reverberation time equation
371
Deriving the reverberation time equation for different frequencies and surfaces
375
Index
379
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