The Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An Introduction by Juan G. RoedererThe Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An Introduction by Juan G. Roederer

The Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An Introduction

byJuan G. Roederer

Paperback | October 9, 2008

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This introductory text deals with the physical systems and biological processes that intervene in what we broadly call "music. " We shall analyze what obj- tive, physical properties of sound patterns are associated with what subjective, psychological sensations of music. We shall describe how these sound patterns are actually produced in musical instruments, how they propagate through the environment, and how they are detected by the ear and interpreted in the brain. We shall do all this by using the physicist's language and his method of thought and analysis-without, however, using complicated mathematics. Although no previous knowledge of physics, physiology, and neurobiology is required, it is assumedthatthereaderpossesseshigh-schooleducationandisfamiliarwithbasic aspects of music, in particular with musical notation, scales and intervals, musical instruments and typical musical "sensations. " Books are readily available on the fundamentals of physics of music (e. g. , Benade, 1990; Pierce, 1983; Fletcher and Rossing, 1998; Johnston, 2003) and psychoacoustics, music psychology and perception (e. g. , Plomp, 1976; Deutsch, 1982a; Zatorre and Peretz, 2001; Hartmann, 2005). An excellent text on musical acoustics is that of Sundberg (1991), still most useful 17 years later; comp- hensive discussions of recent researches on pitch perception and related au- tory mechanisms can be found in Plack et al. (2005). The purpose of the present volume is not to duplicate but to synthesize and complement existing literature.
The author is a space scientist of international reputation with a close and active relation with music (he studied organ with the late maestros Héctor Zeoli in Buenos Aires and Hans Jendis in Göttingen), who organized and directed the international workshops on the Neuropsychological Foundations of Music at the Carinthian Music Festiv...
Title:The Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:229 pagesPublished:October 9, 2008Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387094709

ISBN - 13:9780387094700

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Table of Contents

Preface.- The Science of Music and the Music of Science: A Multidisciplinary Overview.- Sound Vibrations, Pure Tones, and the Perception of Pitch.- Sound Waves , Acoustic Energy, and the Perception of Loudness.- Generation of Musical Sounds, Complex Tones, and the Perception of Timbre.- Superposition and Succession of Complex Tones, and the Integral Perception of Music.- Appendix 1: Some Quantitative Aspects of the Bowing Mechanism.- Appendix II: Some Quantitative Aspects of Central Pitch Processor Models.- Appendix III: Some Renarks on Teaching of Physics and Psychophysics of Music.- References.- Index

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews of the fourth edition:"This book deals with the physical systems and biological processes that interact with music, analyzing 'what objective, physical properties of sound patterns are associated with what subjective, psychological sensations of music.' . Roederer is well known for promoting music as a multidisciplinary subject. . While there are plenty of good books on the physics of music . Roederer's classic is the best. This book will be an asset to any scientific library." (Soubhik Chakraborty, ACM Computing Reviews, November, 2009)"This book . not only suitable for lay-readers, but can also act as a springboard for more technically minded readers wishing to pursue a thorough foray into the field. . open questions which makes the reader want to come back for more. Credit can only be given to the author for creating such an engaging read. . this fourth edition of the book incorporates a number of recent results supporting hypotheses posited in earlier versions . ." (Matthew R. Foreman, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52 (3), May-June, 2011)"The different aspects of the close relationship between science and music are discussed in this book. . will be of interest to the non-science student, or simply to the music addict teenager . . The book will definitively be pleasant . reading for a scientist with a strong interest or love in music." (Gary J. Long and Fernande Grandjean, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 3, 2010)