Computer Music (MUSC 216)

Computer Music Terms

Hertz (Hz)

A unit of measure used in acoustics. The same as CYCLES PER SECOND (CPS). Named after German physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894), who expanded Clerk Maxwell's theory of the propogation of light to electro-magnetic and sound phenomena. In addtion to sound waves, his name became associated with measurments for radio and electronics -- hertz (Hz), kilohertz (KHz), megahertz (MHz). In 1933 the designation of HERTZ as a unit of measurment became part of the international metric system.

See Frequency, Pitch and Intervlas from Dartmouth College, Music and Computers.

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