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Measured Tones
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LIST OF TABLES
PROLOGUE

WHY THESE AND NOT OTHERS?
Length of strings
Harmonious intervals
Pythagoras
Pentatonic and Pythagorean scales
Ptolemy
Boethius

MUSIC AND SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Medieval music
Josquin
Copernicus
Kepler
Galileo
Vibrations
Pendulums and strings
Consonance
Measurement of frequency
Standards of pitch
Interlude 1: Brass instruments

THE HARMONIES OF A MECHANICAL UNIVERSE
Mechanical forces
Energy
Oscillation theory
Mersenne's laws
Baroque music
Instruments
Equal temperament
Interlude 2: The piano

OVERTONES OF ENLIGHTMENT
Newton and the Age of Reason
Visualization of oscillations
Overtones
Harmonic analysis and synthesis
Rameau and harmony
End of the Enlightenment
Interlude 3: The violin

OVER THE WAVES
Wave theory
Speed of sound
Wave properties: reflection, absorption, diffraction
Huygens and Young
Standing waves
Interlude 4: Acoustics in architecture

THE ROMANCE OF ELECTRICITY
The Romantic movement
Study of electricity
Faraday
Acoustics
Energy coupling and acoustic impedance
Mismatch theorem
Standing waves in air columns
Interlude 5: Woodwind instruments

SUMMERTIME IN HEIDELBERG
Wagner and Helmholtz
Theory of resonance
Working of the ear
Pitch recognition and discrimination
Psycho-acoustics
Theory of consonance
Interlude 6: Percussion

O BRAVE NEW WORLD
Communication devices: microphones, gramophones, valves, transistors
Effect on music
Modern sound engineering: frequency response, transients Technology
Interlude 7: Electronic instruments

I THINK, THEREFORE I AM
Theory of communication
Information
Computers
Computer composition
Interlude 8

EPILOGUE

APPENDIX 1: Musical notation
APPENDIX 2: Logarithms
APPENDIX 3: Measurement of pitch intervals
APPENDIX 4: Measurement of loudness
APPEND

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I find it unputdownable, combining a thorough development of the mathematical and physical basis of music, dealt with in a historical framework, with interludes dealing in details with the different families of musical instruments. This new edition has updated the sections on electronic music and digital technology, which have changed vastly in the last decide, and which feature prominently in the new AS/A2 specifications. Thoroughly recommended.

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