Introduction to violin acoustics
is a good place to start.
Some of our research on violin acoustics
Articulation and vibrato on the violin
and their importance to violin sound.
A study of
in the bowed string, and how they are strongly coupled to the normal transverse waves during normal playing.
research papers of John McLennan
, recent PhD graduate from this lab. These include
The thesis is available on line:
The violin: music acoustics from baroque to romantic
The thesis has also an
, containing chiefly the sound files of the violin being played in its various configurations.
Sound files and analysis of
The Effect of the Soundpost on Violin Sound
Some calculations of
Monopole Radiation at Low Frequencies in the Violin
The Soundpost: an Update
The function of f-holes in the violin
The Soundpost in the violin
. McLennan, John. (2017). This small volume contains six of John's papers and some introductory material. Available as e-book or hardcopy from
Some explanatory notes
Waves and sound
(a multimedia introduction from
Strings and standing waves
(a simple introduction to vibrating strings).
Bows and strings
(a simple introduction to that interaction).
(experimental results showing the vibration of the plates of violins).
What is a sound spectrum?
What is a decibel?
Acoustics for violin and guitar makers
by Erik Jansson.
And finally, yes, we felt obliged to put on our
some comments about that old question "what was the Stradivarius secret?".
Emmanuel Boissy and Renaud Carpentier
Ra Inta, John McLennan, John Smith, John Tann and Joe Wolfe
phone 61-2-9385 4954 (UT + 10, +11 Oct-Mar)
Joe's music site