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Workshop on String Instruments: Acoustics and Perceived Quality

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This workshop is organized by CIRMMT Research Axes 1 (Sound Modeling, Acoustics and Signal Processing). It will take place on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at McGill University (A832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West). Registration is free.

  • Research Workshop
When Mar 24, 2010
from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where A832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West. Enter via 555 Sherbrooke St. West.
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 This workshop will provide a forum for a discussion on the relationship between the acoustic and physical properties of string music instruments and their quality as perceived by players and listeners.   Attendance is encouraged for  members of both the scientific and music communities (including luthiers).  It is organized in conjunction with the Distinguished Lecture of the preeminent acoustician James Woodhouse (which will take place on 25 March 2010).  The workshop will also include an invited participant, Dr. Claudia Fritz, CNRS researcher from the Equipe Lutheries-Acoustique-Musique, Institut Jean le Rond d'Alembert, Universit√© Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, who specializes in the perception of string instruments.  We plan to engage invited guests and the audience in several discussion sessions.


09:30: Coffee, tea, introduction of participants, workshop overview
10:00: Christo Wood - The making of violins
10:30:Jim Woodhouse - An introduction to string instrument acoustics and current research challenges, followed by some open discussion
11:30: Claudia Fritz - Recent projects involving string instruments and perception, followed by some open discussion
12:30: Lunch break
13:45: Steven Phillips and Larry Lessard - Building string instruments with composite materials
14:15: Charalampos Saitis, Claudia Fritz, Gary Scavone - Overview and discussion of a string instrument perception study being planned at McGill
15:15: Discussion, perhaps with some violin playing and listening
16:00: Reception and continuing discussion


Registration for the Wednesday, March 24th 2010 workshop is on a first-come first-served basis (35-40 seats). Please register here:

 Workshop on String Instruments: Acoustics and Perceived Quality

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