The physics and psychophysics of music: an introduction

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Springer-Verlag, 1995 - Music - 219 pages
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This book, a classic in its field, deals with the physical systems and physiological processes that intervene in music. It analyzes what objective, physical properties of sound are associated with what subjective psychological sensations of music, and it describes how these sound patterns are actually generated in musical instruments, how they propagate through the environment, and how they are detected by the ear and interpreted in the brain. Using the precise language of science, but without complicated mathematics, the author weaves a close mesh of the physics, psychophysics and physiology relevant to music. A prior knowledge of physics, mathematics, physiology or psychology is not required to understand most of the book; it is, however, assumed that the reader is familiar with music - in particular, with musical notation, musical scales and intervals, and some of the basics of musical instruments. This new edition has been substantially revised and brought up to date throughout.

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Sound Vibrations Pure Tones and
Sound Waves Acoustical Energy and
Generation of Musical Sounds Complex Tones

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About the author (1995)

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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