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Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics (Dover Books on Music) [Paperback]

Arthur H. Benade
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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048626484X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486264844
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Landmark book by leading expert, hailed for its astonishingly clear, delightfully readable explication of everything acoustical important to music-making. "Comprehensive...rigorous...well-organized ...will surely be the text of choice." - American Scientist. "Recommended for music lovers and au

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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In my opinion, a wonderful work that introduces the principles of waves and vibrations, musical perception and instrument physics without too much mathematics. Specific chapters on violin, piano, clavicord and harpsichord, winds (brass and wood). Several references to guitar. The book is a little old, which shows in the references, but is an excellent text for self study. Most chapters have at the end a list of interesting experiments that one can perform. Overall a must first book if you are interested in the field.
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I found this book very helpful. It presents the subject in a very clear step by step manner with many lucid examples. It contains no advanced math, but it still scientifically presents some complicated acoustics, using instead insights gained from years of research, teaching, and working with musicians and their instruments. He assumes little background and builds all his explanations up from very basic physical concepts. It is true, however, that his thoroughness with this approach occasionally demands some patience. Though the book was written in the mid '70s, most of the material is unhindered by the passage of time. Many of the figures are very simply drawn (low-tech), but they are nonetheless remarkably clear and understandable.
I have found this book a good complement to "The Physics of Musical Instruments" by Fletcher and Rossing. Benade's book is easier to read and understand (and much less expensive). Fletcher and Rossing, on the otherhand, have written an excellent college physics book, which is exceptionally detailed and covers a wide variety of basic phenomena and instruments. They rely much more on math to explain the subject, instead of using the practical, anecdotal approach of Benade. The two different approaches work well side by side. If I were to buy just one book, however, I'd buy Benade's.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great many words 13 Oct 2011
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There are an awful lot of words in this book (and plenty of diagrams), but if you are interested in moving on from the simple schoolboy pictures of musical waves etc., then it is an absolute mine of information on how everything from the voice to the violin works. If you are of a scientific or mathematical bent, then it is a quite a challenging and informative tome. And every instrument maker, and serious repairer, should have a copy.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book, Designed to Make You Think 3 Aug 2004
By Benjamin Stern - Published on Amazon.com
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While Benade's first book, "Horns Strings and Harmony", has some errors which he himself later acknowledged, "Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics" is one of the seminal books in the field. That doesn't mean that it is perfect in every respect, but it introduces a broad range of concepts in musical acoustics without the use of advanced mathematics, in a writing style that will appeal to the musician in addition to the scientist. The fine details of his theories regarding psychoacoustics, particularly pitch perception, have been challenged. But his general concepts are well accepted, and he presents them in a way that makes the reader think. His descriptions of experimental techniques (which generally aren't very complicated) have inspired me and others to repeat his experiments. Sometimes, results don't agree - that's when you have to think. Psychoacoustics relies on neurology and psychology, two sciences that, despite much brilliant work over the last 100 years, are still in their infancy. So, you can't judge his theories on psychoacoustics in the same light as his description of wave propagation, room modes, and perturbation functions in clarinets.

As a musician and an engineer, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how music and physics intersect. This is not the book to answer all your questions - it is the book to get you started on asking the right questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benade is One of the Greats in This field 31 Dec 2000
By Anthony G. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
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I studied with Dr. Benade, taking his course in musical acoustics, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, some years ago. Dr. Benade was a brilliant and dedicated scientist in the area of musical acoustics, but he was highly opinionated and sometimes inflexible. He refused to accept, for example, that flutes could produce "whisper tones", a standard 20th Century player's/composer's technique which I have used many times in my compositions (and can perform myself on the flute).
Nonetheless, this book is a very important book to read and own if you are interested in the fundamentals of the acoustics of musical instruments (not performing spaces as other reviewers have pointed out). This book was the text which Benade used to teach his courses. Add this to your collection of musical acoustics books...and be sure to include "Horns Strings and Harmony", Benade's earlier book, as well as the book by John Pierce and of course the book by Helmholtz.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory book without too much mathematics 1 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my opinion, a wonderful work that introduces the principles of waves and vibrations, musical perception and instrument physics without too much mathematics. Specific chapters on violin, piano, clavicord and harpsichord, winds (brass and wood). Several references to guitar. The book is a little old, which shows in the references, but is an excellent text for self study. Most chapters have at the end a list of interesting experiments that one can perform. Overall a must first book if you are interested in the field.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! A must for instrument makers. 13 Oct 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this book has taught me more about the instrument I make (uilleann bagpipes) and it does not even mention it. When it says fundamentals in its title it means it. you will get to the bottom of why instruments work in thye way they do and so improve yuor own acoustical design.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Musical Acoustics 30 Nov 2006
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This book is an excellent introduction to the topic. Benade explains the subject assuming that the reader has no background in science (good for musicians) and no background in music (good for scientists). He writes the book as if he's translating a mathematical proof into plain English. Benade starts from scratch (even the notion of pitch is considered alien) and builds wonderfully intuitive understandings. Yes, this is an old book, so if you are NOT new to this field (and not afraid of math) then you'd be more interested in one of the Rossing books. But on the plus side, because the book was written before Benade had access to modern laboratory techniques, the "experiments" described in the book are all simple to understand and can be done at home. Unlike the Rossing books (which I also highly recommend), Benade's book does not read like a textbook or a reference source. It is very easy-to-read, so you can actually benefit from just sitting down and reading it (though Benade does provide problems at the end of the chapter for the dedicated reader).

In response to one of the unfavorable reviews posted, I do not find any fault with Benade when he states (p. 66) that "lopping off the higher frequency ... harmonics does not alter the perceived pitch of the sound." In fact, this statement comes right after an in-depth explanation of how the higher frequency partials DETERMINE the pitch for INHARMONIC sounds (e.g. chimes and bells). Perhaps the reviewer was confused by Benade's terminology. As explained on p. 63, Benade uses the word "partial" generically to describe higher frequency components. Benade reserves the term "harmonics" for partials that have whole-number relationships.

I wouldn't use this work as a college textbook, but I would certainly add it to the students' list of additional recommended references.
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