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ERIC Number: ED081206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 16
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Computers, Synthesizers, and the Physics of Music.
Hafner, Everett
An experimental course for the study of acoustics is taught at Hampshire College for students interested in the interface of physics and music. This paper outlines the course, describes the basic techniques it employs, gives examples of successful exercises, and discusses some difficulties not yet overcome. Computers are heavily utilized, removing the need for mathematics prerequisites and clearing the way for the examination of relatively sophisticated problems. Synthesizers are employed to translate formulae into sounds and to create opportunities for broad experimentation in music theory, perception, and composition. Both techniques open up possibilities for independent study by students interested in programing, recording techniques, analysis of musical instruments, digital and analog electronics, computer-based composition, the aesthetics of Lissajous patterns, and other topics. (Author/PB)
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