Fletcher, Neville H.
Nonlinear phenomena are essential for the production of harmonic sounds from musical
instruments with sustained tone through the phenomenon of mode locking. Under
conditions where mode locking is circumvented, the sound of the instrument is 'multiphonic',
an effect sometimes used in modern compositions. Simple impulsively excited
instruments such as guitars and bells have nearly linear behaviour, with all modes simply
decaying exponentially with time. Gongs and cymbals with shallow...[Show more]
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