How We Hear Music: The Relationship Between Music and the Hearing Mechanism (New edition)

How We Hear Music: The Relationship Between Music and the Hearing Mechanism (New edition)

By: James Beament (author)Paperback

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A survey of intervals and scales, tone pitch, loudness and time in Western music raises many questions about the hearing mechanism and throws doubt on the conventional role of harmonics. James Beament's account of how musical sounds are coded by the ear and the brain's processing units, provides answers to most of these questions. It concludes that music started with simple instruments which voices imitated, and that the need to know sound direction determined the characteristics of hearing. This book will interest students, practising musicians and music psychologists, and assumes no scientific knowledge. The late Professor Sir JAMES BEAMENT was a distinguished scientist and musician, who taught and examined music students at Cambridge University.

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JAMES BEAMENT is a distinguished scientist who plays and composes music. He has taught and examined music students at Cambridge University. His book should also interest practising musicians and music psychologists.

Contents

Part 1 Preliminaries. Part 2 Aural archaeology. Part 3 Hearing selects intervals. Part 4 The beguiling harmonic theory. Part 5 The imitating voice. Part 6 Hearing simultaneous pitches. Part 7 Patterns in harmony. Part 8 Loudness: the basic dynamic scale. Part 9 Music through the hearing machine. Part 10 A sense of direction. Part 11 Time and rhythm. Part 12 Conclusions.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780851159409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780851159409
  • weight: 278
  • ISBN10: 0851159400
  • edition: New edition

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