The Physics of Sound/Music
NPR's Science Friday is doing a great show on the physics of sound and music right now:
Examining the Physics of Music
Take a few select notes, add an envelope, some overtones, and just the right timbre. Now let that vibrate your basilar membrane. What do you have? Beethoven's Ninth, of course. So what makes one sound "musical" while another is just noise?
Bryant Hichwa, professor, physics and astronomy, Sonoma State University
David Kirkby, associate professor, experimental particle physics, University of California Irvine
Brian Holmes, professor of physics, San Jose State University