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An Investigation of Two Violins Using a Computer Graphic Display

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This investigation was conducted (1) as part of a continuing program to explore new uses of computer graphic display systems; (2) to measure and display the motions of the vibrating surfaces of a violin; and (3) to compare the motions of the surfaces of two quite different violins.

The experiments showed (1) the vibration of the whole body of the violin about a center line going from the scroll to the button when the open G string is sounded; (2) the right foot of the bridge held almost still by the sound post while the left foot vigorously drives the bass bar up and down when the open D and open A are sounded; (3) some evidence that at some higher frequencies the bass bar holds the left foot of the bridge almost still while the top surface of the violin is driven by the right foot of the bridge in a rocking motion about the sound post; (4) the waveforms measured on the surfaces of the two instruments are more remarkable for their similarities than for their differences.

It is recommended that the reader compare the techniques described herein, and their possible applications, with those described in [1]. That paper and this one describe the use of two completely different modern technologies in studying the operation of the violin.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1975

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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