Mar 10

Xiao Li's Comps Presentation

Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to attend Xiao's presentation on Acoustics.

Monday, March 10th, 2014
8:30 – 9:30 am / Olin 141

Xiao Li Comps Presentation
Monday, March 10, 2014 8:30 am
Olin 141

Musical Acoustics

Acoustics is a broad interdisciplinary field encompassing physics, engineering, audiology, music, architecture, etc. Human’s auditory range is remarkably wide in terms of both frequency and intensity. However, among all the sounds we can hear, only some can be called music.  This project will be centered around musical acoustics. Musical acoustics is the study of sounds that are pleasing to the human ear. I will follow the typical “path of a musical sound”, that is from the production of a sound from a musical instrument to the reception of the sound by human ears. There are two main routes for this process. The first is obviously direct, a sound is produced from a musical instrument, say the violin, and it is travels through air and reaches the ear. The second is significantly more complicated, and also more common nowadays. Sounds are produced from multiple musical instruments and recorded with microphones, then the digital recording is manipulated for stylistic and quality improvement purposes, and finally the digital recording is reproduced by speakers before people can hear it.

Sponsored by Physics and Astronomy. Contact: Trenne Fields, x4383