New PDF release: Acoustics and the performance of music

By Jürgen Meyer, Uwe Hansen

ISBN-10: 0387095160

ISBN-13: 9780387095165

This vintage reference on musical acoustics and function perform starts off with a short advent to the basics of acoustics and the new release of musical sounds. It then discusses the details of the sounds made by way of all of the average tools in a latest orchestra in addition to the human voice, the best way the sounds made by way of those tools are dispersed and the way the room into which they're projected impacts the sounds.

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In all this there is a certain difficulty posed by the circumstance that the individual characteristics perceived are not each determined by only a single physical quantity, but come about by the cooperation of several components. Nevertheless, the problem of finding an association between objective acoustical data and tonal impressions on the basis of practical experiences should not be overestimated. A model, as schematically presented in Fig. 1, shall serve to clarify the complex sound processes which correspond to a single note.

Cannot be specified by a firm universally valid numerical value. The meaning of these performance specifications is as dependent on musical context as on the room environment. Finally the instruments themselves play an essential role, each instrument group has its own dynamic range between largest possible and minimum (still sounding) loudness. Furthermore, for many instruments this dynamic range is not the same over the entire tone range, where in addition even the quality of the individual instrument participates as a further factor.

4 2 Structure of Musical Sound Decay of Resonating Systems For no mechanical instrument does the termination of excitation occur as abruptly, as it begins for a staccato tone. Consequently, in contrast to initial transients, no new tone or noise components are excited. However, it is important for the decay process, that sound energy is still stored in the resonance systems of the instrument, which is radiated until it is used up. Of concern is a process opposite to the building of oscillations in the initial transient.

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