Acoustics - 2nd semester
a) To provide a strong understanding of the physical principles relevant to the generation of sound, including the functioning of musical instruments
b) To give a thorough understanding of acoustic phenomena, including the outdoors and indoors sound propagation as well as the perception of musical sound
c) To have a technical understanding of how musical instruments behave for effective instrumental practice
Weekly - 4
Total - Available soon
Campbell, M. & Greated, C. (1988). The musician´s guide to Acoustics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Eller, E. J. (2012). Why you hear what you hear: an experiential approach to sound, music and psychoacoustics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Fletcher, N. H. & Rossing, T. D. (1998) The physics of musical instruments. New-York: Springer-Verlag.
Henrique, L. (2002). Acústica Musical. Lisboa: F. C. Gulbenkian
Pierce, J. R. (1992). The science of musical sounds. New-York: W.H. Freeman & Co.
Rossing, T. D. (1990). The science of sound. New York: Addison-Wesly Publishing Company.
Lectures with classroom demonstration experiments, including examples with real musical instruments, virtual animations based on physical modeling of instruments and sound samples - and also discussions
Two written tests (50% + 50%).
1. Physical principles relevant to acoustic phenomena
2. Production, propagation and perception of acoustic phenomena
3. Vibrations in simple systems including strings, bars and membranes, as well as acoustic tubes
4. The acoustics of rooms
5. Perception of musical sounds
6. Analysis and manipulation of musical sounds
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