A case study of scaling multiple parameters by the violin

Michael Edgerton, N Hashim (Contributor), Wolfgang Auhagen

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This article will present a single case study of the acoustic attributes of sound production techniques that are involved in the expansion of performance practice with the violin. In this study, four elements were chosen from the multidimensional network involved in playing a normal tone, and then each was intentionally decoupled from ordinario. These elements (bow speed, bow placement, bow angle, and bow portion) were scaled between minimal and maximal values for any single parameter. Then, between minimal and maximal values, a series of scalar degrees were chosen to more or less uniformly link these extremes. This article will present acoustical attributes of these methods and discuss implications for musical usage. This study found that decoupling of any single parameter will result in perceptible differences that range from timbral to dynamical (sound) class change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-496
Number of pages24
JournalMusicae Scientiae
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Free keywords

  • acoustics
  • bowed string
  • desynchronization
  • decoupling
  • Dynamical Systems
  • multiple parameters
  • music composition
  • nonlinear phenomena
  • scaling
  • sound production
  • violin


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