Author 
Comment/Response 
Claudia

11/28/12 11:06am
I am using the Play tool of Mathematica in order to hear signals of the form
Re[Sum[Exp[880 I*k*t], {k, 1, 20}]]
In this case this would give
Sum[Cos[880 k*t], {k, 1, 20}]
As long as I only play a cosine wave
f.ex. Play[Cos[880*t] , {t, 0, 1}]
I get a nice sound.
When I add more cosines terms whose phases are not a multiple of each other
f.ex. Play[Cos[880*t]+Cos[900*t] , {t, 0, 1}]
I also get a nice sound.
Nevertheless, as soon as I play a sum of cosines (or sines) with phases that are multiple of each other
f.ex Play[Cos[880*t]+Cos[880*2t] , {t, 0, 1}]
the sound clearly deteriorates.
Notes as we know them are composed of sums of tones with frequencies that are multiples of each other (harmonics), i.e. they are of the form I am using in the last example. Why does this kind of function sound bad with the Play tool? What can I do to get a better sound?
I would be happy for any help!
Thanks,
C.
URL: , 
