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The acoustical foundations of music / John Backus.

Backus, John. (Author).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Main Library ML3805 .B245 1977 37684001100577 Library Stacks Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0393090965
  • ISBN: 9780393090963
  • Physical Description: xiv, 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 2nd edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1977

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1 : The physical and acoustical background. The fundamental physical quantities ; Simple vibrating systems ; Waves and wave propagation ; Complex vibrations and resonance -- Part 2 : The reception of musical sounds. The ear : intensity and loudness levels ; Tone quality ; Frequency and pitch ; Intervals, scales, tuning, and temperament -- Part 3 : The environment of music. Auditorium and room acoustics -- Part 4 : The production of musical sounds : musical instruments. The string instruments ; The woodwind instruments, and others ; The brass instruments ; The piano, and others ; The percussion instruments ; The electronic production of sound -- Appendix : Powers of ten and simple logarithms.
Summary, etc.:
Explores music's scientific principles, the physiological properties of sound, how the ear perceives music, the effect of the acoustic environment, how instruments produce their sounds, and new computer applications in music.
Subject: Music > Acoustics and physics.

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