FWD: Intro to Psychoacoustics (new book)

Subject: FWD: Intro to Psychoacoustics (new book)
From: KEVIN AUSTIN (KAUSTIN@vax2.concordia.ca)
Date: Sun Mar 07 1999 - 06:48:46 EST

Long awaited, from AUDITORY:


Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 16:59:57 -0800
From: "Daniel J. Levitin" <levitin@CCRMA.STANFORD.EDU>
Subject: Announcement of a new book on Psychoacoustics

Dear Colleagues,

First, I apologize if you receive more than one copy of this email.

I am writing to tell you that MIT Press has just published a new edited
volume on PSYCHOACOUSTICS. The book is based on a course taught
successfully to undergraduates and graduate students at Stanford
University for ten years, "Psychoacoustics and Cognitive Psychology for

Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics
Perry R. Cook (editor), The MIT Press, March 1999; ISBN 0-262-03256-2, 392
pp., 174 illus.

The contributing authors include John Chowning, Perry R. Cook, Brent
Gillespie, Daniel J. Levitin, Max V. Mathews, John R. Pierce, and Roger N.

$60.00 list price (cloth, with CD included. Some brokers such as
Amazon.com sell the book at a discount. -- see below)


TOPICS: How hearing works and how the brain processes sounds entering
the ear to provide the listener with useful information are of
great interest to psychologists, cognitive scientists, and
musicians. However, while a number of books have concentrated
on individual aspects of this field, known as psychoacoustics,
there has been no comprehensive introductory coverage of the
multiple topics encompassed under the term. Music, Cognition,
and Computerized Sound is the first book to provide that
coverage, and it does so via a unique and useful approach.

The book begins with introductory chapters on the basic physiology
and functions of the ear and auditory sections of the brain,
then proceeds to discuss numerous topics associated with the
study of psychoacoustics, including cognitive psychology and
the physics of sound. The book has a particular emphasis on
music and computerized sound. An accompanying audio CD includes
many sound examples, and source code to help explicate the text.
The book also includes suggested lab exercises and test questions.


"This volume spendidly meets the need for an up-to- date introduction to
musical psychoacoustics in a collection of wide-ranging chapters by some
of the most distinguished scholars in the field. I recommend it highly as
a text and reference for undergraduates, graduate students, and

Fred Lerdahl, Fritz Reiner Professor of Music, Columbia University.


"This collection of well-written chapters introduces readers to a range of
current findings from musical acoustics, physical acoustics, and
psychological experiments. The text is easy to read, and ideal for
undergraduate and graduate students from varying disciplines."

Caroline Palmer, Dept. of Psychology,
Ohio State University.


"A welcome and valuable teaching resource. Oriented toward classroom
teaching, the book presents topics in an accessible, engaging style. The
breath of coverage is greater than that typically found in a single volume
and provides an excellent introduction to the rich diversity of the

Lola L. Cuddy, Professor of
Psychology, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.


"This volume provides a fine, readable introduction to many topics related
to music perception and computer music in a way that neatly complements
other current texts. Written in a fresh, approachable style, but having
significant scholarly depth, it will prove useful both as a textbook and
for individuals interested in this burgeoning field of research."

Richard Ashley, Department of Music, Northwestern University.


Instructors can request an EXAMINATION COPY from MIT Press:

Through the WEB:

By regular mail, email, or phone:

The MIT Press
      Five Cambridge Center
      Cambridge, MA 02142-1493
      Tel: 617-253-5646
      Fax: 6l7-258-6779

London Office
      MIT Press Ltd.
      Fitzroy House
      11 Chenies Street
      London WC1E 7ET
      Tel: +44 (171) 306 0603
      Fax: +44 (171) 306 0604

Or to buy a copy from amazon (Amazon ships anywhere in the world and is
selling the book at a $10 discount):


Daniel J. Levitin, M.Sc., Ph.D.
CCRMA/Dept. of Music FAX: (650) 723-8468
Stanford University email: levitin@ccrma.stanford.edu
Stanford, CA 94305

Home Page: http://www-ccrma.stanford.edu/~levitin


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