Physics and music have been related for millenia. The art and science of music acoustics are presented here, in musician-friendly format, as is our research in music science.
Navigate using the headings and images above, the site map or 'search'. Usually, there is a non-technical introduction linked to more detailed work. 'Basics' gives introductions to general topics.
- Saxophonists learn to tune their vocal tracts: a recent study. Reported in Science.
- Arlen Fast, of New York Philharmonic, had a sabbatical project here on the contrabassoon.
do violins change with age and playing: an interim report on a long term study.
- Vocal tract
tuning by sopranos: how do they sing so loudly? Reported in Nature.
- The acoustics
of harmonic singing: introduction and measurements.
- The didjeridu:how can a simple instrument make so many sounds? Reported in Nature.
- Test your own hearing response
curve using this interactive web service.
- FAQ - Frequently asked questions about music acoustics. For example: What is a
- Introduction to the acoustics of musical instruments.
This series of web pages, with plenty of illustrations and sound
files, presents introductions to brass
instruments, clarinet, didjeridu, flute, guitar, saxophone, violin and the voice.