How do flute players adapt their control parameters to modifications of the flute bore?

Benoit Fabrea and Patricio De La Cuadrab

aLAM Sorbonne Universite France
bPontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 to 10:20

in Summer Theater

Abstract :
Skilled players can adapt their control parameters according to the response of the instrument they are playing. In the case of the flute, lips and face position relative to the mouthpiece are the main adjustments used for a fine control of the pitch, while the detailed geometry of the flute bore determines the intonation profile of the instrument along its tessiture. In this paper we introduce and explain the idea of a negative bore in which we control subtle modifications of the intonation profile of the flute. Skilled players are then invited to play on different profiles of the same instrument while the geometrical and hydrodynamical control parameters are monitored. The paper will discuss the adjustments observed in the control strategy of the players, as function of the intonation profiles measured.

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