The Mechanics and Acoustics of Expressive Performance on Wind Instruments

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One of the main recent research activities in the Acoustics Lab at UNSW has concentrated on the fundamental physics of the interaction between musicians and their instruments. The Empirical Musicology Lab at UNSW has conducted research into the strategies elite musicians use to develop their playing skills, particularly for highly challenging music. The next obvious step is to incorporate scientific knowledge into practice and pedagogy. This project addresses these questions, among others: How can we map scientific parameters onto performance ideas? What happens when we practice particular techniques?

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