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Music Acoustics

Friday, June 1st, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Music Acoustics

I grew up in house filled with music. My mom has always been part of a choir and I think all of us children have tried different musical instruments. So, when I found this site that linked music acoustics to physics, I was very intrigued! Navigation is simple. You’ll find all the links underneath the image of the woman playing the flute or you can always head to the site map as well.

Basics – This section really does cover the basic information on a general level. Here you can learn what a decibel is, measure your own hearing response and even learn how a loud speaker works. You can also find basic introductions for all the different types of instruments.

Research – Here you will discover the research topics, how they were researched and what the results were. For example, The Flute Site is the result of the research on the acoustics of the flute. Here you can also learn about how they code and perceive auditory information.

Now you are ready to head into the musical instruments sections. They are Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Didgeridoo, Guitar, Violin, Voice and Cochlear. In these sections, you can see all the research they did on the subject with drawings, sounds and written explanations.

On the first page of each one, you will see an image of the instrument somewhere on the page. You will also find information on how that specific instrument works before delving into the acoustic research. In the research sections on each instrument, you will find sound clips you can play of a certain note or several notes. That provides a further example of what they are discussing.

The cochlear information was particularly interesting, because it’s a different sort of research. Cochlear is an ear implant that helps people hear. It works very well for speech, but not so well for music. They are working with Cochlear Ltd. to make a version that helps people hear music.

All in all, there is some great and interesting information here. So, are you ready to listen and learn?!

~ Amanda

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