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Modelling perceptual dimensions of saxophone sounds
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7048-523X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2955-2776
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Media, audio technology and experience production and theater.
2009 (English)In: Acta Acoustica united with Acustica, ISSN 1610-1928, E-ISSN 1861-9959, Vol. 95, no 3, p. 539-549Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the past, musical instruments were developed over long periods of time by skilled craftsmen. Today, most instruments are mass-produced. Design of musical instruments as mass-produced products requires using strategies which make it easier to identify customer needs and develop exact specifications. To develop useful specifications it is necessary to convert general descriptions into something which can be commonly understood and also be interpretable in terms of acoustic metrics. In this study, methods for analysis and specification of steady state parts of alto saxophone sounds were developed. Saxophonists' use of verbal descriptions of saxophone sounds was investigated. Sound stimuli were binaurally recorded. Judgements upon perceived qualities were made by saxophonists and non-saxophonists using the method of verbal attribute magnitude estimation. Perceptual dimensions were identified using principal component analysis of listening test data. Three prominent dimensions were found and described using the verbal attributes: 1) warm/soft, 2) back vowel analogues and 3) sharp/rough. The perceptual dimensions were modelled as linear functions of acoustic metrics. The results were validated through listening tests with new subjects and new stimuli. Based on the findings, the method was seen as an approach which can enhance the musical instrument design process.

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2009. Vol. 95, no 3, p. 539-549
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Other Civil Engineering Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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Engineering Acoustics; Operation and Maintenance; Audio Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2825DOI: 10.3813/AAA.918179ISI: 000266782500017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-67650308234Local ID: 088de780-54cd-11de-9f57-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-2825DiVA, id: diva2:975678
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Validerad; 2009; 20090609 (arny)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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