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Research at St Andrews

Jonathan Andrew Kemp


Jonathan Andrew Kemp
Postal address:
School of Philosophical
Anthropological & Film Studies
Edgecliffe, 5 The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462145

Research overview

I am interested in the physics of self-sustained oscillating systems (from musical instruments to animal sounds), acoustic measurement techniques and the characterisation of non-linear systems. My initial research was in studying linear wave propagation in tubular objects including transverse modes of vibration and in acoustic pulse reflectometry (echo-based measurement of the resonances and internal profile of tubular objects) with application to brass musical instruments. More recently I have researched the effect of non-linearities on impulse response measurement techniques and wave separation in pipes using multiple microphones with application to physical modelling synthesis. My latest research has been conducted on the physics of guitar strings.

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