Sound, music and science

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between sound and music? What makes some sounds music and other not? Well, I can tell you as much, it is not that easy to answer! In this course we will explore the science behind sound, and we will learn some music theory to understand what happens when sounds are combined into music. Did you know that what we hear as one note is actually a spectrum of tones? This spectrum can be calculated using the mathematical technique Fourier decomposition, which you will use to understand what happens when different tones with different overtone spectra interact. To be able to do that, you will be taught the required knowledge from music theory, acoustics (physics) and mathematics. When you know that, you can also explain many other things, e.g. why a single note sound different on different instruments or why every person’s voice is unique. You will also get a chance to listen to some cool acoustic effects that you probably didn’t know existed.
During the course, you will listen to cool sound phenomena, combine knowledge from physics and music theory to learn why some notes sound good together and others not, and you will get a chance to do your own calculations on soundwaves. You do not need any prior knowledge in neither physics, music theory nor mathematics.

Sol Johansen

As a child, Sol was driving the grown-ups around her crazy (in school, kindergarten etc.) with her curiousness which would often result in a lot of weird questions. Often getting one answer would just open up for various new questions. So she decided that physics would be the best subject to give some answers. In the summer 2021 she finished her bachelors degree in physics with a minor in philosophy. However, even though she thought that physics was an amazing field to study, she figured that it didn’t give good work opportunities after graduating. From her year-long student job at nursing homes she got interested in health, which inspired her to start on a program to become a medical doctor after she got her physics degree. She thinks that medicine is slightly more boring to study but makes much more sense in the long run. When Sol does not juggle with mathematical formulas or try to learn how the nerves are organized, she likes to sing or play on her clarinet (especially when she gets an opportunity to play with others). She also loves watching plants grow and pondering about the fact that a complete tree can grow out of one small seed. How amazing is that!

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