The Future of Wind Instruments –
Advances in Physical Modelling, Geometry Reconstruction & Optimisation
Quality and Measurement Techniques
Analogies between Sounding Brass and Singing Voice
Friday night, August 26th - welcome meeting time 5:30pm (meeting location)
it was very nice. We had enough beer and plenty of food and
it was a great
opportunity to talk and discuss. Well, we missed the "Hot Summer Eve" as it was
Saturday, August 27th - session start 8:30am
Topical (not tropical) Sessions on:
- Physical Modelling of Wind Instruments
- Bore & Tone Hole Optimisation
- Bore Reconstruction
- Measurement Techniques
- Materials, Workmanship and Quality
Application of Singing Voice Models to
There was a long and tight schedule which was met with great discipline. It was
exhausting and the coffee breaks could have been longer, that's true, but we got
many good lectures, we saw great keynote speakers, and we learned a lot about
most recent developments in the field of wind instrument acoustics.
We did not miss the thrill of finding the right path through a labyrinth of concurrent lectures organized in too many parallel sessions with sometimes overlapping focus of interest... This workshop was indeed different. We were able to listen to all contributions with none of them being out of our very specific topic. We returned with the feeling of having spent our time most efficiently.
The round table discussion was not at all boring. Short projected statements stimulated a lively discussion about possible ways to initiate a future closer collaboration between European and associated research groups. Information on European funding systems was given by an expert in this field. Specific project proposals have been presented and prospective partners evinced their interest.
A follow-up took place at the TC-MA meeting during the Forum Acusticum in Budapest and first results are the new working groups which will soon be established by the TC-MA. The first working groups will work on a "Virtual Musical Instruments Museum", on "Musical Synthesis and Modelling", "Funding and Networking" and on "Education". Work groups will communicate at the TC-MA space of the EAA website.
Participating instrument makers indicated their need for translation of scientific papers into colloquial english as well as into their mother tongue. Some promising activities in this direction have already been started in France. Maybe workshops like this one can deal with this request by actively encouraging speakers to explicitly address instrument makers in some keynote or invited lectures.