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On the Sensations of Tone
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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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.
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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