A. Acquisition of basic concepts in physics that are needed for the understanding of music and related technologies.
B. Acquisition of multidisciplinary competences that are motivated by this interdisciplinary field par excellence (convergence point of scientific and artistic disciplinary fields so different as music, physics, mathematics, architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrotechnical engineering, computer engineering, materials science and psychology).
C. Development of experimental and laboratory competences regarding the implementation of acoustic measures.
D. In addition to the mentioned central competences, this curricular unit should also develop the following secondary competences:
i) Work organization and method;
ii) Technical communication by means of reports on the practical assignments;
iii) Interdisciplinary communication by means of a review assignment presentation.
I. Basic physics of acoustical systems: vibrations, waves, sound, resonance;
II. Sound measurement and perception: hearing; sound pressure and power; physical intensity and psychological intensity; pitch and timbre; harmonics and harmony; musical scales and temperaments; environmental noise, its physiological and psychological effects and its control.
III. Musical instruments: strings, metals, woods, percussion and keyboard instruments.
IV. Human voice: production, perception, analysis and synthesis of speech; singing.
V. Introduction to electroacoustics: electronic circuits, speakers, microphones, amplifiers and reception circuits; computers and digital techniques in music; sound recording.
VI. Introduction to architectural acoustics: auditorium acoustics, electronic reinforcement of sound, small rooms, studios.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence to solve problems; . Competence in working in interdisciplinary teams; . Critical thinking; . Adaptability to new situations; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Competence for working in group; . Valuing diversity and multiculturalism; . Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field; . Competence in understanding the language of other specialists; . Knowledge of other cultures and customs; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Laboratory or field work
Synthesis work thesis
assessment implementation in 20122013 Rui César do Espírito Santo Vilão
Bibliography of reference
- Acústica Musical, Luís L. Henrique, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (2002).
- The Science of Sound, 3rd edition, T. D. Rossing, F. R. Moore e P. A. Wheeler, Addison Wesley (2002).
- The Physics of Musical Instruments, N. H. Fletcher e T. D. Rossing, Springer (1998)
1) Lecturing of theoretical topics of the syllabus using experimental demonstrations;
2) Supervised accomplishment of practical assignments previously prepared.
Equipamento laboratorial adequado aos trabalhos programados, em número suficiente para o funcionamento simultâneo de vários grupos de trabalho.