How can a piano tuner obtain such high precision with no othermeasuring device than their own ears? How can a sequence of notesseem to rise continuously despite coming back periodically to thesame notes? What are the possibilities and the limits of digitalsound? These are a few examples of questions that are discussed inthis book, which presents an overview on the nature of musicalsounds, from their production by acoustic music instruments tosynthesized sounds obtained with computers.
The topics that are treated include sound propagation, Fourier andtime-frequency analysis, psychoacoustics, analog and digital signalprocessing theory, computer science and MP3 sound compression, andof course. music!