A site dedicated to understanding the flute
Where to start
Introduction to flute acoustics is just that, and a good place to start. If you can't remember much about sound, try the introduction of How do woodwind instruments work? If you strike a term or idea you don't know, try the Basics list on the navigation bar .
Services for flute players and composers
The Virtual Flute offers alternate fingerings for awkward passages and trills, microtone fingerings and multiphonics, ranked by pitch or playability.
Data for each note: Acoustic response, Spectra, Sound files and Fingering
We have measured these on several types of flute, for standard fingerings, some non-standard and some multiphonics. The acoustic response tells us how easily the flute responds to every frequency. For explanations, see What is acoustic response and why is it important? See also What is a sound spectrum?
Boehm with B foot, Boehm with C foot, Classical with C foot, Classical with D foot, Classical with flared foot, Baroque Flute.
There is also a page on the Shakuhachi
This research is supported by the Australian Research Council, the Australia Council for the Arts and The University of New South Wales, as well as flute maker Mark O'Connor of The Woodwind Group, classical flute maker Terry McGee, and flutists Geoffrey Collins and Jane Cavanagh.
Research and scholarship possibilities in music acoustics at UNSW