Timbre blending of wind instruments: acoustics and perception

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2012

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Abstract

The acoustical and perceptual factors involved in timbre blending between orchestral wind instruments are investi- gated based on a pitch-invariant acoustical description of wind instruments. This description involves the estimation of spectral envelopes and identification of prominent spectral maxima or ‘formants’. A possible perceptual relevance for these formants is tested in two experiments employing differ- ent behavioral tasks. Relative frequency location and mag- nitude differences between formants can be shown to bear a pitch-invariant perceptual relevance to blend for several in- struments, with these findings contributing to a perceptual theory of orchestration.

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music, acoustics, psychoacoustics, auditory perception

Citation

Lembke, S.-A. and McAdams, S. (2012) Timbre blending of wind instruments : acoustics and perception. In: Proc. 5th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology / SysMus12. Montreal, pp. 1–5

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Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2)