Sonograms of Clarinet Multiphonics

Last summer, I posted a few pictures of clarinet multiphonic sound sonograms (sometimes called spectrograms).

I just posted a new short video: Sonograms of Clarinet Multiphonics.

It includes four sounds:

  • Bb clarinet multiphonic series
  • Bb clarinet multiphonic with glissando on part of the sound
  • Bb clarinet split tone showing formants
  • Contrabass clarinet from subtone to full sound (not a multiphonic, but such a rich spectrum)

I'm indebted to Pr. Eric Heller, professor of the Harvard General Education course The Physics of Music and Sound, and to my clarinet teacher, Armand Angster, a specialist of all things clarinet.

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