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New techniques for the characterisation of single reeds in playing conditions

Abstract : This work deals with the characterisation of single cane reeds used for clarinet or saxophone. Musicians perceive important differences of quality between reeds of the same brand, cut and strength. This thesis proposes new tools for reed characterisation in playing conditions.An instrumented mouthpiece is developed to enable the measurement of reed displacement and pressure difference on both sides of the reed using embedded sensors. From these signals, it is possible to estimate reed parameters of different physical models. Results reveal that the complexity of the physical model describing the reed behaviour must increase with the dynamic level.The instrumented mouthpiece is used in a measurement campaign involving 7 players and 20 reeds, quantifying the variability of the results due the musicians. Subjective tests conducted with these musicians show that reeds can be mainly described by one dimension (ease of playing or timbre). The correlations between the subjective descriptors and the measured objective parameters are studied to better understand the perceived differences between reeds, developing a predictive model of reed quality.In order to avoid the variability of the musician, an aspirating artificial mouth is developed. It uses the instrumented mouthpiece and it can be played by a musician or artificially. The comparison of the measurements made in both cases allows for the identification of the optimal working range in which the artificial mouth best reproduces the musician's playing according to intonation and playing level.
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Alberto Muñoz Arancón. New techniques for the characterisation of single reeds in playing conditions. Acoustics [physics.class-ph]. Université du Maine, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017LEMA1031⟩. ⟨tel-01661430⟩



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