Speaker: James Walker
Affiliation: Macalester College
Presentation Date: May 3, 2012
Presentation Location: OSS 313
Most musicians and mathematicians are aware that the pitches of musical notes correspond to frequencies of sound waves. Modern Fourier analysis allows us to decompose musical tones into their pitches and overtones. This decomposition corresponds very precisely to the qualities that we hear in musical tones. Examples from musical recordings and relations to performance techniques such as vibrato, artificial harmonics, and pitch illusions, will be presented.
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