By Jürgen Meyer, Uwe Hansen
This vintage reference on musical acoustics and function perform starts off with a quick creation to the basics of acoustics and the new release of musical sounds. It then discusses the details of the sounds made by means of all of the usual tools in a contemporary orchestra in addition to the human voice, the best way the sounds made by means of those tools are dispersed and the way the room into which they're projected impacts the sounds.
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Thus damping plays an important role during the attack for an instrument. For most resonance systems, this damping is in large measure frequency dependent. This means on the one hand, that characteristic vibration processes proceed at different rates within the tonal range of the instrument, and on the other hand that individual partials grow at different rates in the process of developing the tone. The sequence of starting transients of the overtones belongs to those special characteristics which form the tone picture of the individual instrument groups.
The sound proceeds as though, in addition to the existing tone, a tone equal in amplitude and opposite in phase were suddenly turned on. The tones cancel each other, and the second crack remains. In practice, switching processes without some kind of a transition phase, occur only for some older types of electronic organs, in which the keys switch the already running tone generators to the amplifier and speaker. These instruments thus begin each tone with a noticeable crack, since the Time Amplitude 2 Structure of Musical Sound Amplitude 38 Time Amplitude Amplitude Frequency Frequency Fig.
The steady state can be represented by a line, while the onset of the tone exhibits a spectral broadening in the region of the tone, and beyond that, a decreasing amplitude with increasing frequency deviation. Also the end of a tone can be understood as such a process. The sound proceeds as though, in addition to the existing tone, a tone equal in amplitude and opposite in phase were suddenly turned on. The tones cancel each other, and the second crack remains. In practice, switching processes without some kind of a transition phase, occur only for some older types of electronic organs, in which the keys switch the already running tone generators to the amplifier and speaker.
Acoustics and the performance of music by Jürgen Meyer, Uwe Hansen