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.
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)