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Pulse-Resonance Sounds

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6_430-6

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Definition

Pulse-resonance sounds are the sounds that animals use to communicate at a distance, to declare their territories, and to attract mates (Fitch and Reby 2001). They form the basis of most of the calls produced by vertebrates (fish, frogs, birds, and mammals). The tones of orchestral instruments are pulse-resonance sounds (Fletcher and Rossing 1998) and the internal combustion engine produces a form of pulse-resonance sound. Pulse-resonance sounds are ubiquitous in the world around us and they are the interesting sounds of everyday life (Patterson et al. 2008). They are acoustically distinct from the inanimate sounds produced by turbulent air and water (wind and rain).

Detailed Description

The vowels of speech are pulse-resonance sounds and the waveforms of the vowels illustrate the properties of these sounds. Figure 1shows the waveform (a) and the magnitude spectrum (b) of an /a/ vowel. It sounds like the...

Keywords

Combustion Covariance Autocorrelation Verse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physiology Development and NeuroscienceUniversity of CambridgeCambridge, CambridgeshireUK