Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds with Emphasis on the Piano

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-01-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

David M. Koenig, Engineering Associate (Retired), Corning, Inc.

David M. Koenig was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived in the nearby town of Grove City until age 17. He attended Bates College and the University of Chicago where he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. After obtaining a M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut he received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University. He worked at Corning, Inc. for 27 years in the area of process control and analysis and wrote a book on that subject in 1991. After retirement he wrote a book on process control and then got interested in applying the analysis tools to the piano which led to this book.

Delwin D. Fandrich is Piano Research, Design and Manufacturing Consultant at Fandrich Piano Company.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Some Basic Sound Waves and Some Simple Tools
1. An Introduction to Some Elementary Waves
2. The Basic Tools of Spectral Analysis
3. Analysis of Several Common Musical Instruments
4. Harmonics in Musical Sounds
Part 2: A Visual Analysis of Vibrating Objects (Strings, Membranes, Bars, Plates)
5. The Vibrating String
6. The Vibrating Bar
7. The Vibrating Membrane
8. The Vibrating Plate
Part 3: The Piano
9. An Introduction to Pianos
10. Some Individual Piano Notes and Interactions Between Them
11. The Missing Fundamental
12. Octave Stretching, Inharmonicity and Railsback Curves
13. Beating, Unisons and Tuning
14. Two Dimensional Graphical Metrics
15. Three Dimensional Graphical Metrics
16. An Investigation into Hammer Knock and Key Striking
17. Evaluation of a Wapin Bridge Conversion
18. Similarities between Pianos and Repeatability of Data Gathering Methods
19. Two Metrics Applied to Other Instruments
20. Use of the Metrics in Production and Development
21. Comments by Delwin Fandrich
Appendix 1. Mathematical Basis for Part One
Appendix 2. Mathematical Basis for Part Two
Appendix 3. Mathematical Basis for Part Three
Appendix 4. Experimental Setup
Appendix 5. A Brief Exposure to Matlab

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