Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

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Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics

ZHA FEEC BUT BPC-ZHA Acad. year 2019/2020 Winter semester 4 credits

Students will become familiar with the physical nature of sound waves and vibrations in detail, the human way of perceiving sound, acoustics of musical instruments and acoustics in interpretation. The course also deals with recordings played on different musical instruments.


Přikryl Lubor, RNDr. (FEECS BUT)

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Time span

26 hrs lectures

Assessment points


Přikryl Lubor, RNDr. (UTKO FEEC BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The student will be able to:
- 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.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the physical nature of sound waves and vibrations, the human way of perceiving sound, the acoustics of musical instruments and acoustics in interpretation.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required.

Study literature

  • 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

1. Basic topics in acoustics.
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.

Progress assessment

Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given after successful completion of a written test and additional interview.

Controlled instruction

Forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.

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.


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Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme MITAI, specialisation NSPE, any year of study, Compulsory
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