The Acoustical Foundations of Music Author:John Backus Although the science of acoustics is fundamental to the art of music, relatively few musicians and listeners are aware of the scientific properties of musical sound. The purpose of Professor Backus' book is to collect and organize the scattered results of research, both earlier and recent, in the areas of scientific knowledge that are relevant ... more »to music: the physiological properties of sound; the ear and its perception of sounds; the effect of acoustical environment; the acoustical behavior of muscial instruments; and the varoius applications of electronics and computers to the production, reproduction, and composition of music.
This book is intended primarily for readers with some background in music. The first four chapters present enough elementary physics and acoustics to orient the reader who has no knowledge of physics. Throughout, the scientific approach and method are emphasized, a number of common myths about sound are exposed, and the areas in which our knowledge is still deficient are pointed out. This clear and lively exposition of music's physical basis will be a source of enlightenment to all who are involved in music, whether as performers, composers, or listeners.« less