Audible Qualities

Casey O'Callaghan

in Sounds

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199215928
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191706875 | DOI:
 Audible Qualities

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Audible qualities depend upon physical properties ordinarily attributed to waves. The event view, however, holds that sounds are not waves. This chapter argues that the best candidates for the physical bases of pitch, timbre, and loudness are properties of medium-disturbing events. Periodicity, spectral composition, and intensity all may be attributed to sounds understood as events. A periodicity theory of pitch is outlined, loudness constancy explained, and a source-based account of timbre proposed.

Keywords: sound waves; event view; audible qualities; periodicity; pitch; timbre; loudness; constancy

Chapter.  5520 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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