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The Physics and Psychophysics of Music

An Introduction

Authors: Roederer, Juan

  • Much of the book is accessible with no prior knowledge of physics, mathematics, physiology or psychology; more advanced mathematics is given in appendices
  • This new edition of a best-selling introduction contains substantially revised coverage of psychoacoustics, including new research in functional MRI, consciousness, and emotion
  • The only existing, single-authored, truly interdisciplinary, up-to-date text on musical tone generation and perception
  • Earlier editions translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese
  • Offers the opportunity to non-scientists to learn about and appreciate the beauty of science, and offers the opportunity to scientists to learn and appreciate the intimate relationship between science and art
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About this Textbook

This book, a classic in its field, deals with the physical systems and physiological processes that intervene in music. It analyzes what objective, physical properties of sound are associated with what subjective psychological sensations of music, and it describes how these sound patterns are actually generated in musical instruments, how they propagate through the environment, and how they are detected by the ear and interpreted in the brain. Using the precise language of science, but without complicated mathematics, the author weaves a close mesh of the physics, psychophysics and neurobiology relevant to music. A prior knowledge of physics, mathematics, neurobiology or psychology is not required to understand most of the book; it is, however, assumed that the reader is familiar with music - in particular, with musical notation, musical scales and intervals, and some of the basics of musical instruments. This new edition presents substantially updated coverage of psychoacoustics, including:

• New results from tomographic imaging of brain function that confirm some speculations in previous editions

• New research on consciousness and emotions

• The possibility of musics in extraterrestrial civilizations

About the authors

The author is a space scientist of international reputation with a close and active relation with music (he studied organ with the late maestros Héctor Zeoli in Buenos Aires and Hans Jendis in Göttingen), who organized and directed the international workshops on the Neuropsychological Foundations of Music at the Carinthian Music Festivals in Ossiach, Austria. These workshops, held regularly between 1973 and 1985, have been credited as being the originators of the interdisciplinary approach to the study of music perception. In 2007 he was invited to deliver the opening lecture on Music and the Evolution of Human Brain Function at the international congress Mozart and Science in Baden/Vienna, Austria.

Reviews

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

"This book deals with the physical systems and biological processes that interact with music, analyzing ‘what objective, physical properties of sound patterns are associated with what subjective, psychological sensations of music.’ … Roederer is well known for promoting music as a multidisciplinary subject. … While there are plenty of good books on the physics of music … Roederer’s classic is the best. This book will be an asset to any scientific library." (Soubhik Chakraborty, ACM Computing Reviews, November, 2009)

“This book … not only suitable for lay-readers, but can also act as a springboard for more technically minded readers wishing to pursue a thorough foray into the field. … open questions which makes the reader want to come back for more. Credit can only be given to the author for creating such an engaging read. … this fourth edition of the book incorporates a number of recent results supporting hypotheses posited in earlier versions … .” (Matthew R. Foreman, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52 (3), May-June, 2011)

“The different aspects of the close relationship between science and music are discussed in this book. … will be of interest to the non-science student, or simply to the music addict teenager … . The book will definitively be pleasant … reading for a scientist with a strong interest or love in music.” (Gary J. Long and Fernande Grandjean, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 3, 2010)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Science of Music and the Music of Science: A Multidisciplinary Overview

    Roederer, Juan G., Dr

    Pages 1-21

  • Sound Vibrations, Pure Tones, and the Perception of Pitch

    Roederer, Juan G., Dr

    Pages 22-75

  • Sound Waves, Acoustic Energy, and the Perception of Loudness

    Roederer, Juan G., Dr

    Pages 76-112

  • Generation of Musical Sounds, Complex Tones, and the Perception of Timbre

    Roederer, Juan G., Dr

    Pages 113-166

  • Superposition and Successions of Complex Tones and the Integral Perception of Music

    Roederer, Juan G., Dr

    Pages 167-198

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-09474-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-387-09470-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Physics and Psychophysics of Music
Book Subtitle
An Introduction
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09474-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09474-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-09470-0
Edition Number
4
Number of Pages
XIII, 229
Topics