|In the very act of listening to music, the sound is unconsciously broken down into its component parts by our ear/brain system. But before we can study what the ear does, we must make sure we understand the difference between simple and complex tones.|
|Sounding the standard A on an electronic oscillator yields what is called a monotone:||
The word monotonous, which comes from the words mono and tone, is a good description of this sound—plain and uninteresting.
Sounding the standard A on a good violin yields a much richer sound:
The difference between the pure sine wave of the oscillator ...