This Sounds Like Science: The Science of Singing, Registers and Resonance
2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
10th October 2017
The voice is a remarkable musical instrument, fundamentally different from manufactured instruments. Professor of Physics at the University of NSW, Joe Wolfe, introduces us to the basic science of the voice, including how singers can make their voice loud enough to compete with orchestras. Joe Wolfe is a professor of physics at the University of New South Wales. His laboratory researches the basic physics of the voice and of musical instruments and the nature of music itself. The musical instrument research concentrates especially on the player-instrument interaction: how do good players control the various parameters to produced desired output sounds? The team has developed novel technologies to study the acoustics of the voice non-invasively, investigating especially the resonances of the vocal tract, how singers use these resonances and how the voice source in the larynx interacts with the vocal tract. Joe has won several international awards for his web sites that present physics, including the physics of music, at a non-technical level.