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Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology


  • Premier reference on the scientific foundations of music

  • Offers a holistic review of this intrinsically interdisciplinary field

  • Collates contributions by experts from various backgrounds

Part of the book series: Springer Handbooks (SHB)

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Table of contents (53 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages 1-33
  2. Musical Acoustics and Signal Processing

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-28
    2. Vibrations and Waves

      • Wilfried Kausel
      Pages 29-47
    3. Waves in Two and Three Dimensions

      • Wilfried Kausel
      Pages 49-62
    4. Construction of Wooden Musical Instruments

      • Chris Waltham, Shigeru Yoshikawa
      Pages 63-79
    5. Measurement Techniques

      • Thomas Moore
      Pages 81-103
    6. Modeling of Wind Instruments

      • Benoit Fabre, Joël Gilbert, Avraham Hirschberg
      Pages 121-139
    7. Properties of the Sound of Flue Organ Pipes

      • Judit Angster, András Miklós
      Pages 141-155
    8. Percussion Musical Instruments

      • Andrew C. Morrison, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 157-170
  3. Signal Processing

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 217-219
    2. Music Studio Technology

      • Robert Mores
      Pages 221-258
    3. Delay-Lines and Digital Waveguides

      • Gary Scavone
      Pages 259-272
    4. Audio Source Separation in a Musical Context

      • Bryan Pardo, Zafar Rafii, Zhiyao Duan
      Pages 285-298
    5. Automatic Score Extraction with Optical Music Recognition (OMR)

      • Ichiro Fujinaga, Andrew Hankinson, Laurent Pugin
      Pages 299-311
    6. Adaptive Musical Control of Time-Frequency Representations

      • Doug Van Nort, Phillippe Depalle
      Pages 313-328

About this book

This unique reference book offers a holistic description of the multifaceted field of systematic musicology, which is the study of music, its production and perception, and its cultural, historical and philosophical background. The seven sections reflect the main topics in this interdisciplinary subject. The first two parts discuss musical acoustics and signal processing, comprehensively describing the mathematical and physical fundamentals of musical sound generation and propagation. The complex interplay of physiology and psychology involved in sound and music perception is covered in the following sections, with a particular focus on psychoacoustics and the recently evolved research on embodied music cognition. In addition, a huge variety of technical applications for professional training, music composition and consumer electronics are presented. A section on music ethnology completes this comprehensive handbook. Music theory and philosophy of music are imbedded throughout. Carefully edited and written by internationally respected experts, it is an invaluable reference resource for professionals and graduate students alike.


  • Music Ethnology
  • Music Psychology
  • Music Theory
  • Music and Media
  • Musical Acoustics
  • Musicology
  • Systematic Musicology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Rolf Bader

About the editor

Rolf Bader is professor for Systematic Musicology at the Institute of Systematic Musicology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He studied Systematic Musicology, Physics, Ethnology and Historic Musicology at the University of Hamburg. There he obtained his PhD and habilitation on topics of Musical Acoustics, Music Psychology and Musical Signal Processing. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Computer Music and Research (CCRMA) at Stanford University in 2005/2006. His major fields of research are Musical Acoustics and Musical Signal Processing, Musical Hardware and Software Development, Music Psychology and Neurocognition, Music Ethnology and Philosophy of Music. He is co-editor of the Springer series Current Research in Systematic Musicology. He published several books as an author, such as Nonlinearities and Synchronization in Musical Acoustics and Music Psychology or Computational Mechanics of the Classical Guitar. Additionally he edited Sound – Perception – Performance and Concepts, Experiments, and Fieldwork: Studies in Systematic Musicology and many contributing book chapters or peer-reviewed papers. He conducted fieldwork as an ethnomusicologist in Bali, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China and India since 1999. He was also working as a professional musician, composer and artist, running recording studios, working as a music journalist, leading exhibitions and running a cinema.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology

  • Editors: Rolf Bader

  • Series Title: Springer Handbooks

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-662-55002-1Published: 20 April 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-55004-5Published: 21 March 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2522-8692

  • Series E-ISSN: 2522-8706

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXIII, 1094

  • Number of Illustrations: 862 b/w illustrations, 90 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Engineering Acoustics, Acoustics, Music

Buying options

eBook USD 309.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-662-55004-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 399.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)