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2. The nature of sound

2. The nature of sound  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191785603
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708445.003.0002
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Sound is a physical phenomenon as well as a sensual one. The relationships between the physical and sensual aspects of sound are complex in that many of the impressions sound makes on us ... More
5. A history of film music II: 1927–1960

5. A history of film music II: 1927–1960  

Kathryn Kalinak

in Film Music: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365685
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10.1093/actrade/9780195370874.003.0005
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Synchronization of music and image was achieved as early as 1894, but the quest for synchronization and its realization have long preceded the conversion to sound. ‘A history of film music ... More
1. The study of language

1. The study of language  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775321
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0001
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‘The study of language’ argues that studying language ‘scientifically’ is, in part, to refuse to accept uncritically the ways of thinking that, without any professional training, we all ... More
3. Sounds in harmony

3. Sounds in harmony  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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The words ‘tone’ and ‘note’ reflect the subjective/objective nature of sound: a tone is a sound wave with a particular frequency, a note is its subjective impact, with a particular pitch. ... More
8. Sound out of place

8. Sound out of place  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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9780191785603
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Noise can be two very different things: for a scientist, noise is extraneous acoustic or electromagnetic energy, but for most of us ‘noise’ is any sound that is unwanted by the person ... More
5. Sensing, perceiving, and acting

5. Sensing, perceiving, and acting  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0005
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‘Sensing, perceiving, and acting’ investigates how the brain processes and acts upon sensory information. Visual information is sensed by retinal cells before travelling down the optic ... More
3. Sound waves

3. Sound waves  

Mike Goldsmith

in Waves: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191842092
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10.1093/actrade/9780198803782.003.0003
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Sound is a small fraction of the pressure wave spectrum. In terms of wavelength, we can hear far more than we can see: while deep red light has waves about twice as long as those of deep ... More
Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction  

P. H. Matthews

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Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775321
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.001.0001
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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction considers a subject that falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which fascinating discoveries and important problems ... More
2. ‘Homo loquens’

2. ‘Homo loquens’  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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‘Homo loquens’ argues that no other aspect of behaviour is as distinctively human as speech. Language has evolved as primarily vocal, though closely integrated with non-vocal behaviour. It ... More
8. Sounds

8. Sounds  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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‘Sounds’ makes the point that in their sounds, too, languages have different systems. Numbers of vowels and consonants vary between languages and it is possible to abstract general rules by ... More
9. Language and the brain

9. Language and the brain  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0009
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‘Language and the brain’ points out that, though we know how the sound of speech is generated, we do not know how our brains determine the production of specific combinations of words. Nor ... More
7. Objectivity in numbers?

7. Objectivity in numbers?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0007
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‘Objectivity in numbers?’ considers the connection between objectivity and numerical presentation. Logical positivists believed that if scientific theories were to be truly objective, they ... More
1. Overview: sound and setting

1. Overview: sound and setting  

Mark Slobin

in Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780199365753
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10.1093/actrade/9780195395020.003.0001
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‘Overview: sounds and settings’ attempts to place folk music in a broad social context. There is no fixed definition of folk music. Indeed, even the International Folk Music Council have ... More
Sound: A Very Short Introduction

Sound: A Very Short Introduction  

Mike Goldsmith

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Dec 2015
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9780191785603
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708445.001.0001
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Sound is integral to how we experience the world, in the form of noise as well as music. But what is sound? What is the physical basis of pitch and harmony? And how are sound waves ... More
1. Past sounds

1. Past sounds  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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‘Past sounds’ provides a history of sound from the origin of sound waves 300,000 years after the Big Bang to the modern day of ultrasound and electroacoustic technology. Primordial sound ... More
4. Hearing sound

4. Hearing sound  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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9780191785603
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708445.003.0004
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Our ears have two functions, hearing and balance, but what do they hear and how? We can experience a whole world of sound due to the precise coordination of highly evolved anatomical, ... More
5. Electronic sound

5. Electronic sound  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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‘Electronic sound’ explains the conversion of sound to electricity through the development of microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers. There are several types of microphones, but only ... More
6. Ultrasound and infrasound

6. Ultrasound and infrasound  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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‘Ultrasound and infrasound’ explains that humans can hear sounds with frequencies in the range of 20 Hz to around 17 kHz, but there is a wide ultrasound soundscape beyond this range. Bats, ... More
7. Sound underwater and underground

7. Sound underwater and underground  

Mike Goldsmith

in Sound: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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‘Sound underwater and underground’ focuses on the areas of sound that we can’t hear. It was not until World War II that the richness of the underwater soundscape became clear. Listening ... More
3. The religions of AbrahamJewish understandings of God

3. The religions of Abraham: Jewish understandings of God  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708957.003.0003
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9780198708957
‘The religions of Abraham: Jewish understandings of God’ looks at Judaism in detail and the foundations in the Biblical period in order to show how the distinctive Jewish understandings of ... More

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