Re: pitch (Dan Mapes-Riordan )

Subject: Re: pitch
From:    Dan Mapes-Riordan  <dmapes(at)>
Date:    Fri, 28 Aug 1998 14:59:40 -0500

Al Bregmen wrote: > >This issue also comes up in talking about timbre. The waveform generated >by an instrument has no timbre (if one reserves the word "timbre" for >describing experience) but can be described by a number of physical >variables. I think of timbre as a dimension of the experience of "sound" >(SOUND2) that results from the physical "sound" (SOUND1). It would be >helpful if we had a different word for SOUND1 and SOUND2, but we don't. If >we did, the old philosophical question, "Does a tree falling in the woods >make a sound if there is no one to hear it?", would never have been >thought to be a puzzle. Forgive me if I'm oversimplifing the problem, but I resort to the following definitions: SOUND1 = acoustic wave SOUND2 = sound Thus, using these definitions, a tree falling in the woods produces an acoustic wave and also creates a sound if there is someone present to experience it. Dan Mapes-Riordan dmapes(at) McGill is running a new version of LISTSERV (1.8c on Windows NT). Information is available on the WEB at

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