Summer Meeting: Wind Instrument Acoustics

Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
12-13 July 2009


The Musical Acoustics Network Summer Meeting 2009 focuses on wind instruments acoustics in all its aspects: woodwind and brasswind, historic and modern instruments, theoretical and experimental. Participants in this international meeting will present the results of their recent research, network with colleagues, and enjoy social activities. This event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments.

This meeting is organised in association with the Institute of Acoustics and the European Acoustical Association.

Conference administration: Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments


Moderate-cost accommodation has been arranged in Edinburgh at Pollock Halls, in a spectacular location at the foot of Arthur's Seat. This can be booked together with booking for the meeting.

See the Booking Form



9:00 Microphone array techniques and wind instruments
  • Rolf Bader, Institute of Musicology, University of Hamburg
  • 9:30 Sound production of flutes
  • Andreas Bamberger, Physical Institute of the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany
  • 10:00 Oboes by Thomas Stanesby Sr.: possible acoustic function of bore perturbations in the baroque oboe
  • P.J. Berry and L. Jones, London Metropolitan University
  • 10:30 Gold vs silver: does material influence the sound of flutes ?
  • Sandra Carral, Institut für Wiener Klangstil, Vienna, Austria
  • 11:00 Coffee Break

    11:30 Rediscovering bore perturbations; an examination of the bassoon designs of Johann Poerschman
  • Mathew Dart, London Metropolitan University
  • 12:00 Some effects of lip damping: the oblique embouchure for bassoon
  • James Kopp Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 12:30 Intonation anomaly of the shakuhachi tone-hole system
  • Shigeru Yoshikawa, Kyushu University

    14:30 The effects of the internal condition of the bore on the acoustic properties of brass instruments: What can we tell about the playing condition of historic brass instruments without playing them ?
  • John Chick, D. Murray Campbell and Arnold Myers, University of Edinburgh
  • 15:00 Brightness and brassiness in brass instruments, a review of recent progress
  • Joël Gilbert, Laboratoire d'Acoustique de L'Université du Maine, Le Mans
  • 15:30 Investigating the consistency and quality of musical wind instrument manufacturing
  • Adrien Mamou-Mani and David Sharp, The Open University, Milton Keynes
  • 16:00 Tea Break

    16:30 (provisional time) talk about the lituus design and construction project

    17:15 (provisional time) Bach Motet performance

    Performance of J.S. Bach's Motet BWV 118 O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht for SATB, cornett, two litui, three trombones and organ

    evening Buffet supper and informal music making


    9:00 ART - a flexible framework for an extensible library of acoustic simulation models. Progress report of an EAA open source project
  • Delphine Chadefaux,, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
    Wilfried Kausel, Institut für Wiener Klangstil, Vienna
  • 9:30 Bore reconstruction from input impedance measurements
  • Jean-Pierre Dalmont, Laboratoire d'Acoustique de l'Université du Maine, Le Mans
  • 10:00 Intonation - a quality aspect of the bassoon
  • Timo Grothe, Johannes Baumgart and Roger Grundmann, Technische Unviversität Dresden
  • 10:30 Measurement of the mechanical properties of reeds
  • Michael Hutley,
  • 11:00 Coffee Break

    11:30 The acoustics of wind instruments - and of the musicians playing them
  • Jer Ming Chen, John Smith and Joe Wolfe, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • 12:00 Experiments of player's effects on the altissimo register tones in the clarinet
  • Mitsuru Ikushima and Shigeru Yoshikawa, Kyushu University
  • 12:30 The making of a virtual bass clarinet: geometrical measures, model comparison and experimental validation
  • René Caussé, Nicholas Ellis and Joël Bensoam, IRCAM, Paris

    14:00 Causality in acoustic pulse reflectometry
  • Jonathan Kemp, University of Edinburgh
    Maarten van Walstijn, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast
    Richard Smith,
  • 14:30 Time resolved sound field visualization of french horn: effect of wall vibrations and formation of shock waves
  • Wilfried Kausel, Institut für Wiener Klangstil, Vienna
  • 15:00 Comparison of the sound of different trumpets played by a musician and simulated by physical modelling: differences and similarities
  • Jean-François Petiot, Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes
    Marie Françoise Lucas, Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes
    Joël Gilbert, Laboratoire d'Acoustique de L'Université du Maine, Le Mans
  • 15:30 PIV-based examination of the vortex-sound theory in flue organ pipes
  • Hiromi Tashiro and Shigeru Yoshikawa, Kyushu University

  • For further information, please contact Murray Campbell, School of Physics University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings, Mayfield Road, EDINBURGH EH9 3JZ, E-mail: or Arnold Myers, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, E-mail:

    Note: This meeting follows the conference Making the British Sound organised by the Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society, London - Edinburgh, 7 - 11 July 2009. Details of this meeting are on the website:

    This page updated: 2.7.09; re-published 13.2.13