RESEARCH IN THE PHYSICS OF MUSIC

 

Project description:

 

<>Physics of Music investigates the production, propagation and perception of musical sound. Many aspects of this research are well suited for the participation of undergraduate students. Some current projects include:

 

<>modern methods in signal processing (e.g. the sinusoidal analysis/synthesis)

 

room acoustics studies using advanced "minimally intrusive" techniques based on Maximum-Length Sequence technology


experiments on absolute pitch perception

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measurement and evaluation of the pipe organ sound

physics of consonance/dissonance

experimental[sic] investigation of "How Well-Tempered was Bach's Clavier?"

design of
PC-based (MIDI) instruments, with emphasis on the role of the imperfections necessary to achieve the perception of perfection.

 

<>The laboratory is equipped with a sound-proof room and a number of workstations (PC, MAC G4, NeXT, ...) driving a variety of hardware and software systems (MIDI keyboard and several soundcards, CLIO and SMAART room acoustics systems, LabVIEW data acquisition/analysis system etc.). More details can be found at http://www.phys.washington.edu/~vladi

 

<>Prospective students are expected to spend at least 9 hours per week (corresponding to 3 Physics 400 or Music 499 credits), and they should have some experience in at least one of the following: computer maintenance and administration, computer programming (C#/C++/Java/Lisp/.... on PC/MAC/UNIX/...), MIDI (hardware, software, <>formats and protocols, ...), synthetizer hardware, synthetizer software (e.g. sampling and patch creation), knowledge of Csound, pd, MAX or similar packages, physics of waves and oscillations, and/or in electronic circuits.

 

Contact: Professor Vladi Chaloupka

Campus Box: 351560

Phone: 206-543-8965

E-mail:vladi@u.washington.edu__________________________________________________________