The motion of a bowed violin string has been studied since the 19th century, and shows some quite unexpected behaviour. In recent decades models of increasing realism and complexity have been created, which can be used to study practical questions of what a violinist might mean when they describe one violin as “easier to play” than another. The talk will show some examples of how computer modelling combined with acoustical measurements can shed light on “playability” of bowed-string instruments.
Prof Jim Woodhouse has worked in the Dynamics and Vibration Research Group of the Cambridge University Engineering Department since 1986. His interests are in the modelling, measurement and prediction of vibration in complex structures, including musical instruments. His interest in the violin started from a hobby interest in building instruments.
This talk precedes the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra's concert as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The concert will feature the talented young violinist Magdalena Filipczak performing virtuoso works including Beethoven's Romance No. 2 in F Major, op. 50., and Wieniawski's Faust Fantaisie. Book your tickets now!