MUSIC 150: INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL ACOUSTICS

WINTER 2014

 

 

Class time:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:50am

Class location:  Knoll 217 (CCRMA classroom, 2nd floor)

Units:  3 

 

Professor: Tom Rossing (rossing |at| ccrma)

Office hours: MW 9-9:30am, 11:45am-12:15pm; Tues, Thurs, Fri by appointment

TA: John Granzow (granzow |at| ccrma)

         Office hours: MW 15 minutes before class and 45 minutes after class, and by appointment

 

Description

The physics of vibrating systems, waves, and wave motion. Time- and frequency-domain analysis of sound. Room acoustics, reverberation, and spatialization. The acoustics of musical instruments: voice, strings, and winds. Emphasis is on the practical aspects of acoustics in making music. Hands-on and computer-based lab. Prerequisites: Music performance/composition experience; basic algebra, calculus, and physics.

 

Syllabus.pdf

 

Links

Schedule (lecture slides, readings, assignments) – check regularly for updates and announcements

Grading

Late homework policy

Extra credit

 

Required Text (Available at the Stanford Bookstore)

The Science of Sound (3rd Edition)

Thomas D. Rossing, F. Richard Moore, and Paul A. Wheeler

Addison Wesley (2002)

 

Optional Reading

The Physics of Musical Instruments (2nd Edition)

Neville H. Fletcher and Thomas D. Rossing

Springer (2008)

 

Musical Instruments

Donald M. Campbell, Clive A. Greated, and Arnold Myers

Oxford University Press, USA (2006)

 

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