Crucible Network Research Projects

Virtual Violins

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In this project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, engineers, psychologists and musicologists are working to inform the art of violin-making, by constructing Virtual Violins to understand the relationship between the acoustic properties of the instrument and human perception of musical sound. The results inform not only research into music perception and performance, but understanding of the perception of vibration more generally. The significant design research question for Crucible is the complex interaction between ancient cultures of connoisseurship and virtuosity, intersecting in a technically sophisticated material culture practice.

Research Horizons feature article: http://www.research-horizons.cam.ac.uk/features/virtual-violins.aspx

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Crucible Theme: Music technology