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Christmas Lecture: Why does a brass instrument sound brassy? The shocking truth revealed!
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19:30 – 21:00 12 Dec 2017
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School of Physics and Astronomy University of Birmingham, Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B15 2TT

N.B. Admission is free but by ticket only. Registration is through the University website:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/outreach/Secondary-Schools/IOPEveningLectures.aspx

Prof Murray Campbell

Musical wind instruments are conventionally divided into two families, the woodwinds and the brasses. Despite these names, the characteristics which distinguish brass instruments, such as the trumpet and trombone, from woodwinds, such as the flute and clarinet, have nothing to do with the material of construction. This talk explores the science of brass instruments, with many demonstrations including instruments made from paper, horn, wood and plastic. High speed photography, artificial lips and Schlieren optical visualisation of sound waves are among the techniques which have been used to reveal the underlying physics of brass instrument behaviour.  

Organised by: Birmingham Centre, IOP West Midlands Branch

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School of Physics and Astronomy University of Birmingham, Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B15 2TT
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19:30 – 21:00 12 Dec 2017

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