Science of Music

This module aims to introduce students to the science of music. Topics to be covered: acoustics, sound and music; vibrations, frequency and pitch; musical intervals and mathematical ratios; vibrating strings and musical intervals; the construction of musical scales; Just, Pythagorean and Equal Tempered tuning; musical instruments and their waveforms; the harmonic series; harmonics and musical timbre; string and wind instruments; the pianoforte and its technology; the action of grand and upright pianos; automated pianos; electronic music; the MIDI system; MIDI signals; general MIDI and MIDI sequencers; synthesis of musical sounds; additive and subtractive synthesis; FM synthesis; digitisation and sampling; digital synthesis of waveforms; digital music reproduction.

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