Alexander Wood's The physics of music
This classic work deals in a nonmathematical way with the interface between physics and music. There is a general introduction to wave motion and sound--its generation by vibration and the its reception by the ear and the brain. The sections that follow discuss consonance, dissonance, characteristic sounds of major instruments, the mechanical reproduction of music, and acoustics.
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FORCED VIBRATION AND RESONANCE
INTENSITY AND LOUDNESS
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absorption Acous Acoustics amplitude analysis antinode audience basilar membrane bass beat-frequency bell cents chord chromatic scale chromatic semitone closed combination tones curve diaphragm difference tones disc displacement dissonance edge tone effect fifth film flat flue-pipe flute fork formant fundamental give graph hall harmonic harmonic series Helmholtz horn important instrument intensity interval listening lower note major sixth major third maximum membrane method metres minor modes of vibration motion moving natural frequency nodal lines nodes octave orchestra organ partial tones perfect fifth perfect fourth performance phons piano pianoforte pipe plate pressure produced pure tones Pythagoras quality of tone ratio recording reed reed-pipes reproduction resonance reverberation scale second partial sensation sharp shown in Fig shows slit sound-waves string summation tone surface tape tetrachord tion true pitch tube tuned tuning-fork unison upper variations vary velocity violin vowel wave-length waves wire