Fundamentals of Music Instrument Acoustics
Fundamentals of Music Instrument Acoustics (english version only)
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Alexis Baskind, Fundamentals of Music Instrument Acoustics, course material, license: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.
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1. General Considerations about instrumental acoustics
Functions of the different parts of a musical instrument, exciter, oscillator, resonator, radiation
Definition of a woodwind instrument, principle of reed instruments, resonance in bore, different kinds of reeds, airjets, bores, open and closed cylindrical bores (quarter-wavelength and half-wavelength tubes), conical bores, formant regions, role of the keys, role of the bell, examples of radiation patterns
3. Brass Instruments
Definition of a brass instrument, modes in a cylindrical bore for a brass, role of the bell, brassiness, shock waves, examples of radiation patterns
Subcategories (plucked, bowed, struck), transverse standing waves in strings, vibration modes of the body, role of the soundholes, examples of radiation patterns
Subcategories (membranes, plates, idiophones, tubes…), most percussions are inharmonic, pitched percussions, examples of vibration modes (cymbal, snare)