Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics
ZHA FEEC BUT BPC-ZHA Acad. year 2019/2020 Winter semester 4 credits
Language of instruction
Subject specific learning outcomes and competences
- explain the basic concepts of acoustics,
- explain the principle function of a musical instrument and characterize its tone,
- explain the capabilities and limitations of musical instruments,
- describe the influence of room acoustics on the interpretation of music,
- describe spaces suitable for various genres and describe a recording chain,
- name the audio formats used and describe them,
- use modern technologies to record music and for the analysis of playing a musical instrument.
Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills
- Syrový, V. Hudební akustika. Praha: AMU, 2003. ISBN 978-80-7331-127-8. (in Czech)
- Špelda, A.: Hudební akustika. Praha: SPN, 1978. (in Czech)
- Geist, B. Akustika - jevy a souvislosti v hudební teorii a praxi. Praha: MUZIKUS s.r.o., 2005. ISBN 978-8086253312. (in Czech)
Syllabus of lectures
2. Use of modern technology for analysis of performance and for improvement of listener impression.
3. Music as oscillations and waves.
4. Characteristics of musical instrument tones.
5. The principle and function of musical instruments.
6. Expression of an artist using musical instruments, the possibilities and limitations of musical instruments.
7. The perception of sound.
8. Acoustics in interpretation - theory.
9. Acoustics in interpretation - principles and practical uses of acoustics.
10. Acoustics in interpretation - samples.
11. Recording and playback of interpretation: spaces suitable for various genres, recording chains, microphones and sensors - the principle.
12. Recording and playback of interpretation: digitization and digital audio formats, destructive compression of MP3, AAC, etc., listening to recorded music, drivers, and spaces.
13. Digital audio recording and processing.
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures provide the explanation of basic principles, supplemented by audio samples.
Participation at lectures is recommended.
Course inclusion in study plans