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Vocal Tract Resonances and the Sound of the Australian Didgeridu (yidaki) II. Theory

Fletcher, Neville H; Hollenberg, Lloyd; Smith, John Robert; Tarnopolsky, Alex Z; Wolfe, Joe


The didjeridu (didgeridoo) or yidaki of the Australian Aboriginal people consists of the narrow trunk of a small Eucalypt tree that has been hollowed out by the action of termites, cut to a length of about 1.5 m, smoothed, and decorated. It is lip-blown like a trumpet and produces a simple drone in the frequency range 55 to 80 Hz. Interest arises from the fact that a skilled player can make a very wide variety of sounds with formants rather like those of human vowels, and can also produce...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
DOI: 10.1121/1.2146090


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