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Sound for music technology: An introduction

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Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your life. In this free course, Sound for music technology: An introduction, you will learn some of the basics of music technology, starting with what sound is, how it is created and how it travels.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain correctly the meaning of the emboldened terms in the main text and use them correctly in context
  • describe simply what a pressure wave is and give a simple explanation of sound in terms of a travelling pressure wave
  • explain ‘cycle’ in terms of an oscillating source and the pressure wave it produces
  • relate amplitude (including peak-to-peak and r.m.s.), frequency, period and wavelength to a sinusoidal waveform
  • calculate the wavelength of a pressure wave from a graph of pressure against distance

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 24th August 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Technology
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Sound for music technology: An introduction


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This course contains material that is essential to learning about music technology. Here you will explore the concept of sound and be introduced to the physics behind travelling pressure waves as the physical manifestation of sound. You will also learn about the subjective perception of pitch and loudness, in particular their relationship to frequency and amplitude.

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