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Now thoroughly revised and enlarged, this book offers the most comprehensive coverage available of all aspects of the production, reception, and reproduction of sound. Written clearly and concisely, all its chapters can be understood without specialized training in music, physics, engineering, or mathematics. Dr. Olson discusses the nature of sound waves; explains the divis Now thoroughly revised and enlarged, this book offers the most comprehensive coverage available of all aspects of the production, reception, and reproduction of sound. Written clearly and concisely, all its chapters can be understood without specialized training in music, physics, engineering, or mathematics. Dr. Olson discusses the nature of sound waves; explains the division of sound into scale patterns and the traditional method of notating them; describes the individual characteristics of all musical instruments currently in use (including the human voice); shows how the ears hear; discusses concert hall and recording studio acoustics, amplification systems, etc; describes the elements of sound reproduction systems from the telephone to the stereo record player; and concludes with a new chapter on the production, development, and potentialities of electronic music. Under these broad headings, readers will find a close analysis of the way in which a violin produces sound; descriptions of carbon, crystal, dynamic, velocity, and unidirectional microphones; a comparison of the relative absorbency of 22 acoustic materials, building materials, and objects; a description of how music can be produced by a digital computer; and much, much more. Conductors will find suggestions on positioning their orchestras; performers will understand the dynamics of their instruments; recording engineers and acousticians will discover a remarkably comprehensive reference work; and music teachers, students, physicists, and enthusiasts in general will find easy access to a vast wealth of information.


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Now thoroughly revised and enlarged, this book offers the most comprehensive coverage available of all aspects of the production, reception, and reproduction of sound. Written clearly and concisely, all its chapters can be understood without specialized training in music, physics, engineering, or mathematics. Dr. Olson discusses the nature of sound waves; explains the divis Now thoroughly revised and enlarged, this book offers the most comprehensive coverage available of all aspects of the production, reception, and reproduction of sound. Written clearly and concisely, all its chapters can be understood without specialized training in music, physics, engineering, or mathematics. Dr. Olson discusses the nature of sound waves; explains the division of sound into scale patterns and the traditional method of notating them; describes the individual characteristics of all musical instruments currently in use (including the human voice); shows how the ears hear; discusses concert hall and recording studio acoustics, amplification systems, etc; describes the elements of sound reproduction systems from the telephone to the stereo record player; and concludes with a new chapter on the production, development, and potentialities of electronic music. Under these broad headings, readers will find a close analysis of the way in which a violin produces sound; descriptions of carbon, crystal, dynamic, velocity, and unidirectional microphones; a comparison of the relative absorbency of 22 acoustic materials, building materials, and objects; a description of how music can be produced by a digital computer; and much, much more. Conductors will find suggestions on positioning their orchestras; performers will understand the dynamics of their instruments; recording engineers and acousticians will discover a remarkably comprehensive reference work; and music teachers, students, physicists, and enthusiasts in general will find easy access to a vast wealth of information.

30 review for Music, Physics and Engineering

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    This is a wonderful book for the Engineer into music on a technical level. I read most of it a few pages at a time (it is dense in content) but certainly glossed over some of the more technical concepts (and was very engrossed in other technical details such as equal temperament vs just intonation). I really like the tuning chapters as stated and the chapter on how/why different instruments sound they way they do.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Corey Korth

    It didn't explain things very well. It was more of an advanced book. Paragraphs would refer to pictures that were on other pages so it was hard to find the pictures to look at and be able to relate the words to the picture. If more advanced it would be a good book and explains more musically advanced things. It didn't explain things very well. It was more of an advanced book. Paragraphs would refer to pictures that were on other pages so it was hard to find the pictures to look at and be able to relate the words to the picture. If more advanced it would be a good book and explains more musically advanced things.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Xavier Ambroggio

    This book gave me a much deeper understanding of sound and changed the way I look at objects and rooms.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian Ralph

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    Kyle

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    Thomas Monteforte

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    CJ

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    Mitchell Martens

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    Robert H. Cameron

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    Nick

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    Mikey Sweetz

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    Aptaeex

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    Tim Gerrits

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    Duane Bowker

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    Russ

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    T.J. Wuth

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    Scootmc

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    Adam Tervort

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    Michael Welch

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    Steven

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    Robin Miller

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    Tanenbau

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    Tim

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    Albert Straub

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    Acacio de Barros

  28. 5 out of 5

    rajesh vedula

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    Joseph Kidd

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    Jean Jacques

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