Video story: ‘Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception and Creativity’

Video story by Nick Barberio, Princeton University Office of Communications, now on the Princeton University homepage.

Imagine a sound, a tone. Engineering and math might go into creating a musical instrument that can make that tone, but that same sound also depends on acoustics, perception, creativity — a multitude of subjects that overlap to create what we call music.

In the Princeton course “Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception and Creativity,” cross-listed in the Council on Science and Technology and the Department of Music, students learned about sound by studying traditional instruments, learning about the history of tuning and temperament, and experimenting with electronic and virtual instruments.

Dan Trueman, a professor of music, and Aatish Bhatia, associate director of engineering education and lecturer in the Council on Science and Technology, co-taught the course over the fall semester. This was the second time they taught this course; this time they added a component that meets the University’s general education requirements for science and technology laboratory courses due to its hands-on analytical laboratory explorations using math and science applications…


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