Acoustics of reed woodwinds
Most of our research on the reed instruments is on how the
vocal tract of the player interacts with the reed and with
the bore of the instrument. The bore of the instrument has
strong resonances, as does the reed. The resonances of the
vocal tract are not so strong, but are still very important
musically. We measure the impedance of the vocal tract of
the player using equipment developed for research
on the vocal tract and that of the instrument using techniques
developed for researching flutes.
Our research on vocal tract-reed instrument interactions has
not yet been published.
and scholarship possibilities in music acoustics at UNSW.
One FAQ is "When will we do for the other wind instruments
the same things that we have done for the flutes?". The
answer is that we are working on the clarinet, and hope
to have a series of web pages devoted to that instrument
soon. The saxophone, bassoon and oboe are for the future.
If you are interested in working in these areas, let us