The Art of Noise – Making Musical Machines

What turns a sound into music or speech? How does the brain interpret a noise as a musical note or a word?

Ever wondered what sound waves are or why wobbles makes radios work. What’s resonance anyway?

The lecture begins with the ideas behind the transmission and transport of sound both in air and other media and by considering a series of different examples of musical instruments. Demonstrations are used to illustrate the fundamental processes of vibration, resonance and amplification that must occur in all practical musical instruments.

The idea of the human voice as a musical instrument, and how the principles developed for conventional instruments can be applied to ourselves, provides a surprising conclusion!

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