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Marin Mersenne, often referred to as the father of modern acoustics, lived in Paris for most of his life but was in contact with scholars from all over Europe. Born in 1604, he attended the Jesuit College in La Flèche, one of France’s most prestigious schools for the cultural, political, and ecclesiastical elite. He then studied theology at the Sorbonne and the Collège Royal. In 1611, he abandoned his studies to enter the mendicant Order of Minims. He took up residence at the order’s monastery on the Place Royale, Paris, in 1619.

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Musikforschung, Staatliches. 2012. Chain Of Pure Major 3Rds & Quarter-Tone Between D♯ And E♭. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=devw0fWeYmE.
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Studio31, Musikakademie. 2017. First Rehearsal With Vocal Ensemble And Arciorgano. https://youtu.be/hw-nnPobsaU.
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Instruments, Texas. n.d. Speak & Spell Toy Computer (Video).
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Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica,. (17 August 2015AD) 2015. “Demonstration Of A Disk Siren”. Florence, Italy: Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OHfQLtMWWc.
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Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica,. (17 August 2015AD) 2015. “Sounds, Vibrations, And Marloye's Harp”. Florence, Italy: Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dro3_nwwUcI&list=PLslExxbg3O-fAeclmcjO0LId_xADwxalv&index=5.
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Sigmund Exner is known for his work in comparative physiology and his studies of perception psychology from a physiological standpoint. He conducted important research on the localization of behavioral functionality in the brain, in particular studies on the functional architecture of the visual cortex. Exner investigated color contrast, hue adaptation, apparent motion, and the sensitivity of retinal regeneration. In 1899, he co-founded the Phonogrammarchiv in Vienna, an archive recording acoustic phenomena for scientific purposes.

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A scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

 

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Georg von Békésy was a Hungarian-American biophysicist who worked on physiology of hearing.

After studying chemistry in Bern, in 1923 Békésy was awarded a PhD in physics at the University of Budapest. He entered the service of the Hungarian Post Office, where he worked at the research laboratory on problems of long-distance telephone transmission.

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University of Michigan,. (25 July 2014AD) 2014. “Siren Disk Demo – The Musical Scale”. Houghton, Michigan: Michigan Technological University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpt2LWgGQwo.