Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics

Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics

by Perry R. Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262531909

ISBN-13: 9780262531900

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

How hearing works and how the brain processes sounds entering the ear to provide the listener with useful information are of great interest to psychologists,cognitive scientists, and musicians. However, while a number of books have concentrated on individual aspects of this field, known as psychoacoustics, there has been no comprehensive introductory coverage of

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How hearing works and how the brain processes sounds entering the ear to provide the listener with useful information are of great interest to psychologists,cognitive scientists, and musicians. However, while a number of books have concentrated on individual aspects of this field, known as psychoacoustics, there has been no comprehensive introductory coverage of the multiple topics encompassed under the term. Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound is the first book to provide that coverage, and it does so via a unique and useful approach.

The book begins with introductory chapters on the basic physiology and functions of the ear and auditory sections of the brain, then proceeds to discuss numerous topics associated with the study of psychoacoustics,including cognitive psychology and the physics of sound. The book has a particular emphasis on music and computerized sound. An accompanying download includes many sound examples to help explicate the text and is available with the code included in the book at http://mitpress.mit.edu/mccs. The contributing authors include John Chowning, Perry R. Cook, Brent Gillespie, Daniel J. Levitin, Max Mathews, John Pierce, and Roger Shepard.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262531900
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
517,559
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
About the Authors
1The Ear and How it Works1
2The Auditory Brain11
3Cognitive Psychology and Music21
4Sound Waves and Sine Waves37
5Introduction to Pitch Perception57
6What is Loudness?71
7Introduction to Timbre79
8Hearing in Time and Space89
9Voice Physics and Neurology105
10Stream Segregation and Ambiguity in Audition117
11Formant Peaks and Spectral Valleys129
12Articulation in Speech and Sound139
13Pitch Perception and Measurement149
14Consonance and Scales167
15Tonal Structure and Scales187
16Pitch, Periodicity, and Noise in the Voice195
17Memory for Musical Attributes209
18Haptics229
19Haptics in Manipulation247
20Perceptual Fusion and Auditory Perspective261
21Passive Nonlinearities in Acoustics277
22Storage and Reproduction of Music285
23Experimental Design in Psychoacoustic Research299
App. A: Suggested Lab Exercises329
App. B: Questions and Thought Problems343
App. C: Sound Examples on CD351
Index361

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