I. Basic physics of acoustical systems: vibrations, waves, sound, resonance.
II. Perception and measurement of sound: hearing, sound pressure and sound power, physical and psychological intensities; pitch and timbre; harmonics and harmony; musical scales and temperament; environmental noise, its control and its physiological and psychological effects.
III. Musical instruments: strings, brass instruments, woodwind instruments, percussion instruments, keyboard instruments.
IV. Human voice: production, identification, analysis and synthesis of speech; singing.
V. Introduction to electroacoustics: electronic circuits, loudspeakers. microphones, amplifiers and reception devices; computers and digital techniques in music; sound recording.
VI. Introduction to architectural acoustics: auditorium acoustics, electronic reinforcement of sound, small rooms, studios.
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)