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Technology and music have been closely associated since the very first musical instruments were constructed, and in the 19th century an explosion of invention revolutionised the way brass instruments could be played. The 14 video tracks on this album introduce the basic acoustical principles of brass instruments and how technical developments have affected the way they are designed and played. The album explores the latest scientific research, performers' perspectives and the manufacturing process. This material forms part of TA212 The Technology of Music.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Brass Instruments

A short introduction to this album


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Brass Instruments    A short introduction to this album Play now Brass Instruments
2 How Brass Instruments Work    Technology and acoustical principles. How technical developments through history have affected the design of brass instruments. Play now How Brass Instruments Work
3 Changing Key and Pitch    Playing the cornet, trombone and trumpet, experts demonstrate hand stopping and lipping. Play now Changing Key and Pitch
4 Mechanical Innovation : Keys    The keyed bugle and the ophicleide enabled brass instruments to have a distinct voice in the band music of the 19th century. Play now Mechanical Innovation : Keys
5 How Valves Work    A revolution in brass. Mechanical means for extending the length of an instrument; valves in the french horn, flugelhorn, trombone, tuba and cornet. Play now How Valves Work
6 Compensating Systems    Instruments used in bands today like the sax, horn, tuba, trombone and euphonium, all have numerous valves. Play now Compensating Systems
7 Survival of the fittest    What caused some instruments to survive right through the 20th century and others to fall by the wayside? Play now Survival of the fittest
8 Development of the Trumpet    How different sizes of trumpet are best suited to different styles of music. Play now Development of the Trumpet
9 The Performer's Perspective    The demands of modern music making. Differences between being an orchestral or a brass band musician Play now The Performer's Perspective
10 Physics of Brass Instruments    How much of the sound is down to the player, and how much of it is down to the instrument they are blowing through. Play now Physics of Brass Instruments
11 Experiments in Acoustics    A lab experiment investigates the way that lips vibrate in a brass instrument mouthpiece. Play now Experiments in Acoustics
12 Brass Instrument Development    Who drives change? Is it composers, inventors or performers? The latest scientific research casts new light on this complex relationship. Play now Brass Instrument Development
13 Historical Craftsmanship    Twelve men are challenged to make an authentic trumpet using techniques from before the Industrial Revolution – and they have one week to do it. Play now Historical Craftsmanship
14 Manufacture and Mass Production    A process by process example of brass instrument production in a UK company Play now Manufacture and Mass Production
15 Future Brass Instrument Technology    A New Sound World - developments in music and brass instruments through computer technology. Play now Future Brass Instrument Technology

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