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Plucked string instrument dynamics and sound radiation: comparative studies of families of instruments (physics/music)

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    Dr B Richardson
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

The musical acoustics group at Cardiff has studied the low-order structural modes of classical guitars and their radiation fields in considerable detail and has proposed various mechanisms of the way in which these modes contribute to the acoustical function of the guitar at both low and mid frequencies. The group has also carried out some psychoacoustical work to establish formal relationships between perceived response of the played instrument and physical and acoustical parameters (which relate ultimately to construction, design and materials of the instrument itself). We would now like to extend this work to establish the role of higher modes (in the 1 to 5 kHz range) and also make comparative measurements with other related instruments (e.g. the steel-string guitar, the harp, instruments of the wider lute family etc.). The work will involve measurements on complete instruments and specially-designed test instruments and psychoacoustical tests derived from mathematical models of these instruments. The aim is to characterise those acoustical features typical of each group of instruments and identify those parameters which have the greatest influence on the perceived tone of a particular class of instruments.

Funding Notes

This project is available to students applying for funded PhD studentships and may be altered or amended.
Studentships will be awarded to successful applicants from all applications received. Applicants must satisfy RCUK residency rules for the full studentship.

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