Sound

Loudness

Loudness is a perceptual quality of sound that correlates somewhat with the sound’s amplitude or power, but also depends on its short-time spectrum.  The loudness of […]

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Montage

Associated with the temporal arts such as film, video, animation, theater, dance, and music, montage, initially a cinematographic term, and its spatial equivalents collage […]

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Noise

An audio signal that cannot be analyzed as a sum of sinusoids can, alternatively, be characterized as noise.  (These two possibilities, sums of sinusoids and noise, […]

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Phonagnosia

a neurological disorder that affects the ability to recognize familiar voices. Persons with phonagnosia have difficulty recognizing or distinguishing familiar voices. It is interesting […]

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Pitch

Pitch is a perceptual quality that, in speech, usually corresponds to fundamental frequency (although unvoiced sounds such as wheezes and some whistles can have […]

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Power

Power is a physical measure of an audio signal, proportional to the square of its amplitude.  One can also specify or measure a physical sound’s […]

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Prosody

Although prosody is a quality of speech rather than singing, it is of vital importance to anyone setting text to music. The rising and […]

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Recording

Starting in the mid 1940s, recording became understood as a technique for music production as well as merely reproducing pre-existing music. An early pracitioner[Schaeffer […]

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Resonance

Resonance, as an acoustical phenomenon, describes the ability of a physical enclosure to amplify incident sounds at particular resonant frequencies.  The vocal tract has […]

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Silence

Both the material substrate for signifying elements and a signifying element in its own right, silence functions like the white space between the marks […]

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