Physical Reality

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, Margaret O’Brien, Nathan T Torunsky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


To begin our discussion of the realities of music, we start with the most basic: the physical reality. It consists of the features of the world that we see in action every day. This includes the variety of ways in which music occurs and can be described, such as through sound waves, instruments, and human motion. There are different ways in which we can create and analyze music. We discuss Fourier analysis, frequency modulation, wavelets, and physical modeling as well as the hearing with the ear and brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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