The Arthur H. Benade Archive Biography of Arthur H. Benade Physicist Arthur H. Benade earned his B. His doctoral work was in cosmic rays. For his first fifteen years at Case, his declared research area was nuclear physics and instrumentation.

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The Arthur H. Benade Archive Biography of Arthur H. Benade Physicist Arthur H. Benade earned his B. His doctoral work was in cosmic rays. For his first fifteen years at Case, his declared research area was nuclear physics and instrumentation.

Earlier than this, his physicist father had introduced him to the work of D. Miller, Lord Rayleigh, and Helmholtz. Cancer cut short at age 62 his hope to continue this work into old age.

He supplemented his more formal knowledge with experience gained from playing music on modern and historical instruments he was an accomplished clarinetist and flute player , and he also used whatever he could find of the vast informal and anecdotal knowledge that has traditionally guided craftsmen and players.

His collection of over wind instruments helped him trace design changes in winds from the classical era to the present. As his understanding grew he tested it via the design, construction, and modification of instruments; some that he made or modified have been used by leading players and manufacturers. His highly original work led to greater understanding of mode conversion in flared horns, a realistic yet mathematically tractable model of the bore of woodwind instruments based on the acoustics of a lattice of tone holes, development of the concept of cutoff frequencies for isotropic and anisotropic radiation from a woodwind instrument, and clarification of both linear and nonlinear processes in musical instruments and their interrelationships.

He explored the dynamics of musical sound radiation, transmission behavior of sound in rooms, and the nature of auditory perception processes associated with hearing in rooms and concert halls. Dover Books has issued reprints of both volumes.


Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics

Though directed primarily to the music student who is taking an acoustics course, it is essential reading for all musicians, music lovers, and audiophiles eager to expand their musical horizons. The book deals extensively with the fundamental modes of sound production and with the special sound-producing properties of the musical instruments in common use today keyboard, string, brass, woodwind, and percussion as well as the human voice. The basis of scales and harmony and the craft of instrument makers are also discussed in this masterly text, which includes numerous illustrations, bibliographical information, and a stimulating section of "Examples, Experiments, and Questions" at the end of each chapter. After the original publication of this book, Dr. Benade maintained a detailed set of corrections and revisions that have been incorporated into this second, revised edition. Arthur Benade, a professor at Case Western Reserve, has set forth a vast knowledge of musical acoustics so clearly that you can read his book as you would a novel. Scott, Physics Today "Recommended for music lovers and audiophiles who want to know more about the physics of musical sounds.


Horns, Strings, and Harmony

I had been exposed from my earliest days to the fascinations of science by my physicist father, and my fairly new passion for music was beginning to stimulate me to ask questions about how and why my flute behaved as it did. In it I read the names of many explorers of physics who had helped to relate the world of musical artistry to the world of scientific understanding, and I learned that Miller himself was a devoted flute player who had given care to the understanding of his beloved instrument. In the years that have passed, I have kept up my amateur interest in the playing of music, and have developed my interest in physics into a professional one chiefly dedicated to the inner workings of nuclei. But off and on I have given considerable time to thinking about how musical instruments work, and it is quite appropriate that I should now find myself at Case Institute of Technology, in the same physics department over which Miller himself presided for many years before his death in No doubt his spirit is peering over my shoulder now, as I set down the opening words of a small and informal descendant of his classic work. I should invoke his blessing on my labors, and ask his forgiveness of at least some of my heresies! In writing this book, I have chosen for myself the role of guide and for you, my readers, that of interested travelers in a strange and colorful land.


The Arthur H. Benade Archive




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