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On the Sensations of Tone is one of the world's greatest scientific classics. It bridges the gap between the natural sciences and music theory and, nearly a century after its first publication, it is still a standard text for the study of physiological acoustics — the scientific basis of musical theory. It is also a treasury of knowledge for musicians and students of music ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published June 1st 1954 by Dover Publications (first published 1863)
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Richard
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another book that I read twice cover to cover on the train during commutes... It's fairly dense reading. There's a lot of info in here that is somewhat dated at this point, but also a lot of valuable stuff. Because it's basically "historical" it might be best to read in a guided setting, unless you already have a background in tuning and temperament.
Mikael Lind
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dense but amazing book on the physics of sound, acoustics, hearing, and the relationship between the science of sound and our aesthetic foundation of music. I can't really get myself to read it all from beginning to end, but I keep coming back to it, reading selected chapters back and forth. A classic in its field, and this edition is beautiful, with awesome images. Despite having over 100 years on its back, this is an awesome book, and a must-have for anybody who wants a deeper understanding of ...more
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incomparable.
I discovered this from watching Full Mantis, the Milford Graves documentary.
Mark
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, science
Wonderful book which ought to be de rigeur for the composer, includes a chart which gives scope and range of pitch in Khz and the octave scale for a few dozen instruments. As well as great technical information...
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Jun 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Jessica by: The Music Instinct by Philip Ball (p. 71, 171),
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One of the first truly scientific expositions on music cognition.
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Understanding sound on a cosmic level.
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