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1996 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

April 8-12, 1996 | San Francisco
Meeting Chairs
: Thomas F. Kuech, Clifford L. Renschler, Chuang Chuang Tsai

Symposium BB: Materials in Musical Instruments II


Uwe Hansen, Indiana State University
Matthew Brooke, McKay, Conant, Brook, Inc.
Peter Hoekje, University of Northern Iowa
Terry Garino
, Sandia National Laboratories

*Invited Paper

Thursday Morning, April 11
Nob Hill Ballroom

8:45 A.M. BB1.1
BELL PRODUCTION IN ANCIENT WEST MEXICO: FABRICATION METHODS, RAW MATERIALS AND DESIGN, Dorothy Hosler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cambridge, MA.

9:15 A.M. BB1.2
MATERIALS AND THE TONAL QUALITY OF BRASS INSTRUMENTS, J.T. Berry, Mississippi State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State, MS; J.W.S. Berry, A.G. Snead, University of Alabama, School of Music, Tuscaloosa, AL; and K. Minor, University of Alabama, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Tuscaloosa, AL.

9:45 A.M. BB1.3
BANJOS IN THE 21st CENTURY, Lawrence F. Bazinet, Akzo Nobel Fortafil Fibers, Ramona, CA.

10:15 A.M. BREAK

10:30 A.M. BB1.4
UPDATE: GRAPHITE/EPOXY ACOUSTIC GUITAR TECHNOLOGY, John A. Decker Jr., Rainsong Graphite Guitar, Puunene, HI.

11:00 A.M. BB1.5
GUITAR TONE BY DESIGN, Matthew Brooke, McKay Conant Brook, Inc., Westlake Village, CA; Bernard E. Richardson and Howard A.K. Wright, UWCC, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

11:30 A.M. BB1.6
TONEWOOD FOR GUITARS, Gila Eban, Cos Cob, CT; Daniel W. Haines, Manhattan College, Department of Engineering, Riverdale, NY.

Musical Acoustics and Materials:
Applications To Musical Instruments and Concert Halls
Instructors: Thomas D. Rossing, Northern Illinois University
Uwe J. Hansen, Indiana State University
Thursday, April 11, 1:30 - 5:00 P.M.
Nob Hill

* Physics of vibrating systems and waves
*Perception of sound and music: loudness, pitch, and timbre
*String Instruments
*Brass instruments
*Woodwind instruments
*Percussion instruments
*Piano, harpsichord, pipe organ
*Acoustics of large rooms: auditoriums and concert halls
*Acoustics of small rooms: high fidelity sound reproduction

Musical acoustics deals with the production of musical sound, the transmission of sound from the source to the listener, and the perception of sound by the listeners. Materials are very important considerations in the production of sound by musical instruments as well as the transmission of sound to the listener in a room, large or small.

This tutorial will discuss the production of sound in each of the major families of musical instruments and the part played by materials. Following a review of basic principles of architectural acoustics, the effect of materials on room acoustics will be discussed.

Thursday Evening, April 11
8:00 P.M.
Nob Hill Ballroom

Friday Morning, April 12
Nob Hill Ballroom

8:45 A.M. BB3.1
ACOUSTICS OF CHOIRCHIMES(TM), Thomas D. Rossing, Gregory H. Canfield, Northern Illinois University, Physics Department, DeKalb, IL; and J.H. Malta, Malmark, Inc., Plumsteadville, PA.

9:15 A.M. BB3.2
ACOUSTICAL STUDIES OF MARIMBAS, Russell F. Pinizzotto, Dennis W. Mueller, University of North Texas, Department of Physics, Denton, TX; Mark Roddy and Ron Fik, University of North Texas, College of Music, Denton, TX.

9:45 A.M. BB3.3
DESIGN FACTORS FOR OPTIMISATION OF MATERIALS IN THE CONTEMPORARY SNARE DRUM, David Cutler, Bournemouth University, Product Design, Bournemouth, United Kingdom.

10:15 A.M. BREAK

10:30 A.M. BB3.4
MODE STUDIES IN CARIBBEAN STEEL PAN NOTE SECTIONS, Uwe Hansen, Indiana State University, Department of Physics, Terre Haute, IN; Thomas Rossing, Northern Illinois University, Department of Physics, DeKalb, IL; and Ingolf Bork, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany.

11:00 A.M. BB3.5
MATERIALS AND PROCESSES IN STEEL PAN CRAFTING, Felix Rohner, PANART, Steelpan-Manufaktur AG, Bern, Switzerland; and Uwe Hansen, Indiana State University, Department of Physics, Terre Haute, IN.

11:30 A.M. BB3.6
MATERIALS CONSIDERATIONS IN STEEL PAN TUNING, Ellie Mannette and Kaethe George, West Virginia University, Creative Arts Steel Band Studies, Morgantown, WV.

The following exhibitors have identified their products and services as directly related to your research:

Academic Press
American Institute of Physics
Elsevier Science, Inc.
IOP Publishing, Inc.
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Philips Semiconductors/Materials Analysis Group
Thermionics Laboratory, Inc.

See page 6 for a complete list of exhibitors.