On the sensations of tone as a physiological basis for the theory of music. by Helmholtz, Hermann von, ; Ellis, Alexander John, Full text of “On the sensations of tone as a physiological basis for the theory of FOR THE THEOEY OF MUSIC BY HERMANN L. F. HELMHOLTZ, M.D. LATE .. Helmholtz’s Vowel Resonances, UOb First differential tones of the usual har-. Volume: 8; Author: Hermann L. F. Helmholtz; Category: Music Practice; Length: Helmholtz’s work in On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the.

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In the same way the vibration of elastic bodies heard by the ear can also be felt by the skin, but in that case produce only a whirring, fluttering sfnsations, Stacy rated it liked it Dec 13, Page – Nerves have been often and not unsuitably compared to telegraph wires. Hive by U-he Essentials: Ear, Emotion, Evolution by Silvia Bencivelli p. Return to Book Page.

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Right from Chapter One, the reader is gently eased into the notion that all sounds, even the most majestic musical compositions, are in fact comprised of sine waves and that they are broken down into their constituent frequencies by the inner ear. When a compound tone commences to sound, all its partial tones commence with the same comparative strength ; when it swells, all of them generally swell uniformly ; when it ceases, all cease simultaneously.


Even non-techies can benefit from this knowledge, which is why I consider this book to be essential reading. Hemholtz was a German physicist who channeled his interest through medicine because at the time the state provided funding for the education of doctors.

Open Preview See a Problem? An Introduction to Acoustics. Hence no opportunity is generally given for hearing them separately and independently. It is also a treasury of knowledge for musicians and students of music and a major work in the realm of aesthetics, making important contributions to physics, anatomy, and physiology in its establishment of the physical theory of music. Zibethicus rated it it was amazing Apr 12, 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.

On the sensations of tone as a physiological basis for the theory of music

Mar 26, Mikael Lind rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is “one of the first truly scientific expositions on music cognition” Ball, p. This text has been foundational for the further study of music theory, and is still considered a must-read text by many academics.


To ask other readers questions about On the Sensations of Toneplease sign up. Difficult scientific concepts are explained simply hermahn easily for the general reader. 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. On the Sensations of Tone by Hermann L. Walter Schottky, who invented the pentodes that power your Marshall stack, was in turn a student of Max Planck.

Specifically, sound whose amplitude and frequency can be controlled. Published June 1st by Dover Publications first published Melodic motion is change of pitch in time. Joel rated it really liked it Jan 25, Harmony for Computer Musicians Book Review: The book combines text, illustrations, charts, figures, and sheet music to illustrate its point and concludes with a detailed index, allowing this volume to serve as a reference document.

Part I explains the sensation of sound in general, vibrations, sympathetic resonances, and other phenomena.

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