Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music

Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music

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by Barry Parker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801892643

ISBN-13: 9780801892646

Pub. Date: 11/17/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Why does a harpsichord sound different from a piano? For that matter, why does middle C on a piano differ from middle C on a tuning fork, a trombone, or a flute? Good Vibrations explains in clear, friendly language the out-of-sight physics responsible not only for these differences but also for the whole range of noises we call music.

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Why does a harpsichord sound different from a piano? For that matter, why does middle C on a piano differ from middle C on a tuning fork, a trombone, or a flute? Good Vibrations explains in clear, friendly language the out-of-sight physics responsible not only for these differences but also for the whole range of noises we call music.

The physical properties and history of sound are fascinating to study. Barry Parker's tour of the physics of music details the science of how instruments, the acoustics of rooms, electronics, and humans create and alter the varied sounds we hear. Using physics as a base, Parker discusses the history of music, how sounds are made and perceived, and the various effects of acting on sounds. In the process, he demonstrates what acoustics can teach us about quantum theory and explains the relationship between harmonics and the theory of waves.

Peppered throughout with anecdotes and examples illustrating key concepts, this invitingly written book provides a firm grounding in the actual and theoretical physics of music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801892646
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
654,964
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Sound and Sound Waves

1 Making Music: How Sound Is Made 13

2 The Sound of Music: Perception 28

3 Good Vibes: Waves in Motion 41

II The Building Blocks of Music

4 Making Music Beautiful: Complex Musical Tones 61

5 The Well-Tempered Scale 77

6 Down Melody Lane with Chords and Chord Sequences 93

7 "You've Gotta Have Rhythm": Rhythm and Types of Music 109

III Musical Instruments

8 Why a Piano Is Not a Harpsichord 131

9 The Stringed Instruments: Making Music with the Violin and the Guitar 146

10 The Brass Instruments: Trumpet and Trombone 165

11 The Woodwinds: Clarinet and Saxophone 179

12 The Most Versatile Instrument: The Singing Voice 189

IV New Technologies and Acoustics

13 Electronic Music 211

14 Making a MIDI Recording 227

15 The Acoustics of Concert Halls and Studios 244

Epilogue 259

Suggested Readings 267

Index 269

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