1) To acquire a strong understanding of the physical principles on which are based musical instruments;
2) To acquire a thorough understanding of the relationships between the perceptual and physical attributes of
3) To acquire a strong understanding of architectural acoustics.
Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial
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Campbell, M. & Greated, C. (1998). The Musician´s Guide to Acoustics. Oxford: OUP.
Cook, P. (1999). Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to
Psychoacoustics. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Eller, E. J. (2012). Why You Hear What You Hear: An Experiential Approach to Sound, Music and Psychoacoustics. Princeton, NJ: PUP.
Henrique, L. (2002). Acústica Musical. Lisbon: FCG.
Meyer, J. (2009). Acoustics and the Performance of Music. New York: Springer.
Zwicker, E. & Fastl, H. (2007). Psychoacoustics: Facts and Models. Berlin/New York: Springer.
Combination of lectures with classroom demonstration experiments, including sound examples, physically-based modelling animations and musical instruments, as well as discussions. .
The final grade is obtained by the mean of two written exams, applying the same weight (50%)
1) Analysis of elementary and complex vibratory systems;
2) Acoustics of musical instruments: sound production mechanisms, acoustic radiation, dynamical and timbral
3) Sound behaviour in enclosed spaces and architectural acoustics;
4) Sound perception and psychoacoustic phenomena.