Lecture on Sound

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Just a few slides from my lecture on Sound at Polimoda (Florence, Italy), May 2013

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Lecture on Sound

  1. 1. SOUND n. A mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gas, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing.
  2. 2. Analyzing sound as a transient experience over time Birdsong SLOWDOWN like a magnifying glass to the Wing of a Butter Fly You may find a work of art
  3. 3. Measurable   Pitch Volume Loudness Immeasurable   TIMBRE
  4. 4. TIMBRE Timbre has been called "the psychoacoustician's multidimensional waste-basket category for everything that cannot be labeled pitch or loudness.” - McAdams and Bregman 1979  
  5. 5. airy, ambient, babbly, bangy, barky, blowy, boomy, bouncy, brassy, breathy, bright, buzzy, color ful, cackling, chattering, clacky, clanky, clappy, clattery, clear, clinky, cool, crashy, creaky, corrupt, dark, dinny, dry, echoey, ethereal, faint, flat, focused, golden, harsh, heavy, hummy, jabbery, jangle, light, mellow, metallic, moony, mur muring, muted, nasal, noisy, note, pattering, piercing, pink noise, putting, pure, racket, raspy, rattling, raucous, reedy, resonant, reverberation, ringing, roaring, rounded, rumbly, saturated, shouty, shrill, strained, shrieky, singing, slamming, smashing, smooth, snorting, softness, splashy, sqawking, static, strident, strained, tenor, tinny, thin, tone color, tooty, thudding, thumping, thundering, twangy, unfocused, vibrato, warm, wet, whinny, whiny,
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  10. 10. Factors of SOUND DNA GENES ENVIRONMENT •  Pitch, Volume •  Source (Human vs. non-human) •  Space •  Material •  Clear/Pure •  Noise/corruption/ quasi-noise (dissonance •  Repetition/Mantra
  11. 11. N E V E R underestimate the power of the spoken word to convey creative visions H O W E V E R speech is a sound. and as a pure sound, it can be treated as such. Consideration of all other factors of Sound DNA is fundamental.
  12. 12. SPACE
  13. 13. MATERIAL
  14. 14. PURE CLEAN SOUND PURE CLEAN SOUND PURE CLEAN SOUND PURE CLEAN SOUND PURE CLEAN SOUND
  15. 15. NOISE n. Noise is a term often used to refer to an unwanted sound. In science and engineering, noise is an undesirable component that obscures a wanted signal.
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  17. 17. DISSONANCE (Quasi Noise) DISSONANCE/CADENCE = CONFLICT/RESOLUTION
  18. 18. MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA   MANTRA  

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