Following are selected resources in the UArts Music Library on the physical properties of musical sound, room acoustics, and the human perception of acoustical phenomena (psychoacoustics). The list suggests the variety of materials available, but is in no sense comprehensive.

Pioneering Works

On the Sensations of Tone [1877]
Hermann Helmholtz. Translated by Alexander Ellis. Reprint edition. Dover Publications, 1954.
ML3820 .H479O5 1954.
Music, Physics and Engineering [1952]
Harry Ferdinand Olson. 2nd edition. Dover Publications, [1967].
ML3807 .O52M8 1967.
Psychology of Music [1938]
Carl E. Seashore. McGraw-Hill, 1938.
ML3830 .S439P8
Experiments in Hearing [1924-47]
Georg von Békésy. Translated by E.G. Wever. McGraw-Hill, 1960.
REF ML3830 .V65 1960
A Textbook of Sound [1930]
A.B. Wood. Revised and expanded edition. MacMillan, [1941].
ML3805 .W873T2

Physics of Music

Analysis, Synthesis, and Perception of Musical Sounds: the Sound of Music
James W. Beauchamp, editor. Springer, 2007.
ML3807 .A53 2007
Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics
Arthur H. Benade. Oxford University, 1976.
ML3805 .B456F8
The Physics of Sound, 3rd ed.
Richard Berg. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005.
ML3805. B474 2005
Music, Sound, and Technology, 2nd ed.
John Eargle. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995.
ML3805 .E17M8 1995
The Master Handbook of Acoustics, 4th ed.
F. Alton Everest. McGraw-Hill, 2001.
ML3805 .E847 2001
The Physics of Musical Instruments, 2nd ed.
Neville Fletcher and Thomas Rossing. Springer, 2000.
REF ML3805 .F54P4 2000
Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments
Cris Forster. Chronicle Books, 2010.
REF ML3805 .F67 2010
Musimathics: the Mathematical Foundations of Music
D. Gareth Loy. MIT Press, c2006-7
ML3805 .L78M8 2006 v.1-2
On the Relations of Tone
Martin Vogel. Translated by Vincent Kisselbach. Verlag für Musikwissenschaft, 1993.
ML3807 .V7062 1993

Room Acoustics

Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics, and Architecture, 2nd ed.
Leo Beranek. Springer, 2004.
REF ML3849 .B482C6 2004
Essays on the Intersection of Music and Architecture
Mikesch W. Muecke, and Miriam S. Zach, editors. Culicidae Architectural Press, 2007.
ML3849 .E876 2007
Buildings for Music: the Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day
Michael Forsyth. MIT Press, c1985.
ML3849 .F67B9 1985
Making Tracks: Unique Recording Studio Environments
Jeff Touzeau. Schiffer Publishing, 2006.
REF ML3849 .T69 2006
Space Calculated in Seconds: the Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier, Edgard Varèse
Marc Treib and Richard Felciano. Princeton University Press, 1996.
ML3849 .T74S6 1996


Auditory Scene Analysis: the Perceptual Organization of Sound
Albert S. Bregman. MIT Press, c1990.
ML3830 .B74 1990
Listening: an Introduction to the Perception of Auditory Events
Stephen Handel. MIT Press, 1989.
ML3830 .H26L5 1989
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, 3rd ed.
David Howard and Jamie Angus. Focal Press, 2006.
ML3805 .H683 2006
An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing
Brian C.J. Moore. Academic Press, 2003.
ML3830 .M66I5 2003
Introduction to the Physics and Psychophysics of Music, 2nd ed.
Juan G. Roederer. Springer, 1979.
ML3805 .R712I5 1979
The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures.
David Temperley. MIT Press, 2001.
ML3838 .T466 2001

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