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Good reading for science of sound/electronic music? Starting w/ basics
yakkady
post Mar 10 2012, 13:02
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I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some guides or good books I can read through that'll help me understand the science of sound/electronic music. My knowledge of the subject at the moment doesn't extend much further than sound being vibration of particles that travels in waves, or something along those lines. I'd like to go a lot deeper with that though, to find out how complex music travels through the air, how different speakers produce that sound, how different audio formats capture and play those sounds, and how they're created digitally in the first place.

I'd like to be able to play around with music creation software in the future, but this seems like the right first step.
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Fedot L
post Mar 10 2012, 19:34
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QUOTE (yakkady @ Mar 10 2012, 13:02) *
I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some guides or good books I can read through that'll help me understand the science of sound/electronic music.

The Complete Guide to High-End Audio / Edition 3. by: Robert Harley, Keith Jarrett.
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Complete Guide to Digital Audio. By: Chris Middleton, Allen Zuk (Editor), Allen Zuk.

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Audio and Hi-Fi Handbook. Third Edition. Editor IAN R. SINCLAIR.

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Sound and Recording, Fourth Edition: An Introduction (Music Technology) by Francis Rumsey.

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Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook, Third Edition by John Borwick.

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Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems: Stereo - Surround Sound - Home Theater. by Robert Harley.

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Master Handbook of Acoustics. F. Alton Everest (Author), Ken Pohlmann (Author).

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Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems (2011 Edition) (Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video & Audio Systems). Mark Fleischmann (Author).

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Home Theater For Dummies. Danny Briere (Author), Pat Hurley (Author).

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Perfecting Sound Forever. Greg Milner

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http://www.cirrusresearch.co.uk/glossary_of_terms.html
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Fedot L
post Mar 10 2012, 20:56
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QUOTE (Fedot L @ Mar 10 2012, 19:34) *
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio / Edition 3. by: Robert Harley, Keith Jarrett.

Already fourth edition:
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio 4th Edition.
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post Mar 10 2012, 22:25
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QUOTE (Fedot L @ Mar 10 2012, 14:56) *
QUOTE (Fedot L @ Mar 10 2012, 19:34) *
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio / Edition 3. by: Robert Harley, Keith Jarrett.

Already fourth edition:
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio 4th Edition.

While I have not read several of the books on the long list, the above book is the one I would skip!
Robert Harley is the Editor-in-Chief at "the absolute sound" magazine. A magazine not noted for getting the facts correct.


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