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När klarinetten låter dåligt - en identifikationsstudie

Athanasia Zlatintsi

Opponent: Birgitta Burger

Abstract

In wind instruments, tone quality is an important sound feature which strongly depends on the player. The subject for this study was to examine perceptually when a clarinet tone sounds bad, how it sounds, and what this depends on.
Analysis of previous clarinet recordings, interviews and a listening test gave insight on what the most common mistakes and their causes are. Results show that professional clarinetists and teachers quite reliably can identify the possible cause of a bad tone. Also, a number of ordinary methods for avoiding typical playing errors were acquired.
Spectrum characteristics of clarinet tones were analyzed acoustically. It was not always feasible to find common characteristics for a certain error category, but some tendencies and cues that distinguish categories of bad tones have been found and are discussed. An algorithm for the differentiation of these tones was written for automatically being able to find any bad tone in a recording. This is an important issue for computer aided learning, especially with instrument beginners as they are likely to make such basic errors.

15:00 - 17:00
Tuesday September 12, 2006

The seminar is held in Fantum.

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