The Physics of Musical Instruments

  title={The Physics of Musical Instruments},
  author={S. Schwerman and Neville H. Fletcher and T. D. Rossing},
  journal={Computer Music Journal},
Part I: Vibrating Systems. Free and Forced Vibrations of Simple Systems. Continuous Systems in One Dimension: Strings and Bars. Two-Dimensional Systems: Membranes, Plates, and Shells. Coupled Vibrating Systems. Nonlinear Systems.- Part II: Sound Waves. Sound Waves in Air. Sound Radiation. Pipes, Horns, and Cavities.- Part III: String Instruments. Guitars and Lutes. Bowed String Instruments. Harps, Harpsicords, Clavicords, and Dulcimers. The Piano.- Part IV: Wind Instruments. Sound generation by… 
A Review of Finite Element Studies in String Musical Instruments
String instruments are complex mechanical vibrating systems, in terms of both structure and fluid–structure interaction. Here, a review study of the modeling and simulation of stringed musical
Measuring Vibration Modes of Violins’ and Other Instruments’ Plates
The plates are the main constitutive elements of string instruments. A string musical instrument is a complex structure enclosing an air cavity, which is part of the system. Different modes of
The nonlinear physics of musical instruments
Musical instruments are often thought of as linear harmonic systems, and a first-order description of their operation can indeed be given on this basis, once we recognise a few inharmonic exceptions
Organologic Description of Wind Instruments
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In this chapter we discuss the structural elements of lip driven instruments—trombone, trumpet, horn, tuba, of reed driven instruments—clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon and of air jet driven
Nonlinear Dynamics in Physical Models: Simple Feedback-Loop Systems and Properties
This work establishes a new approach to the functioning of musical instruments that is oriented toward sound synthesis by computer, and its application to musical creation and composition, and develops models as archetypes, i.e., models that retain the essence of the behavior of a class of instruments while disregarding all details that are not useful for understanding what is typical of that class.
A model of continuous control of electronic music instruments is outlined, which permits the control of a large number of parameters on an instrument with less sensors.
Eigenvalues and musical instraments
Nonlinearity , transients and spectra
The role of nonlinearity in generating the steady spectrum and· defining the transient behaviour of musical instruments is discussed. A simple theory for ~ysing, in the time domain, a multimode
A generalized parametric Reed Model for Virtual Musical Instruments
A generalized and configurable model of a pressure controlled valve is presented, allowing the user to design a reed simply by setting the model parameters, and affords the musician the ability to produce a wide variety of sounds which would otherwise only be obtained with several reed instruments.
From the bifurcation diagrams to the ease of playing of reed musical instruments. A theoretical illustration of the Bouasse-Benade prescription?
A reed-like instrument having two quasi-harmonic resonances, represented by a 4 dimensional dynamical system, is studied using the continuation and bifurcation software AUTO and can be interpreted as a theoretical illustration of the Bouasse-Benade prescription.


The Regenerative Excitation Mechanism 516 16.5. Rigorous Fluid-Dynamics Approaches 521 16.6. Nonlinearity and Harmonic Generation 522 16.7. Transients and Mode Transitions 525 16
  • Aerodynamic Noise 22.4. Plastics and Composite Materials 22.5. Metals 22.6. Conclusion References Name Index Subject Index Contents xix