Nonlinearities and Synchronization in Musical Acoustics and Music Psychology

  • Rolf Bader

Part of the Current Research in Systematic Musicology book series (CRSM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-29
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  3. Signal Processing

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      Pages 9-10
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  4. Physical Modelling

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      Pages 109-111
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  5. Musical Acoustics

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      Pages 155-155
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  6. Music Psychology

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      Pages 317-317
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 443-458

About this book


Nonlinearities are a crucial and founding principle in nearly all musical systems, may they be musical instruments, timbre or rhythm perception and production, or neural networks of music perception. This volume gives an overview about present and past research in these fields. In Musical Acoustics, on the one hand the nonlinearities in musical instruments often produce the musically interesting features. On the other, musical instruments are nonlinear by nature, and tone production is the result of synchronization and self-organization within the instruments. Furthermore, as nearly all musical instruments are driven by impulses an Impulse Pattern Formulation (IPF) is suggested, an iterative framework holding for all musical instruments. It appears that this framework is able to reproduce the complex and perceptionally most salient initial transients of musical instruments. In Music Psychology, nonlinearities are present in all areas of musical features, like pitch, timbre, or rhythm perception. In terms of rhythm production and motion, self-organizing models are the only ones able to explain sudden phase-transitions while tapping. Self-organizing neural nets, both of the Kohonen and the connectionist types are able to reproduce tonality, timbre similarities, or phrases. The volume also gives an overview about the signal processing tools suitable to analyze sounds in a nonlinear way, both in the Fourier-domain, like Wavelets or correlograms, and in the phase-space domain, like fractal dimensions or information structures. Furthermore, it gives an introduction to Physical Modeling of musical instruments using Finite-Element and Finite-Difference methods, to cope with the high complexity of instrument bodies and wave couplings. It appears, that most musical systems are self-organized ones, and only therefore able to produce all unexpected and interesting features of music, both in production and perception.


Music Psychology Musical Acoustics Nonlinearities Selforganization Synchronization

Authors and affiliations

  • Rolf Bader
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  1. 1.Musikwissenschaftliches InstitutUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-36097-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-36098-5
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