Even though electronic music is all the rage these days, people are
still figuring out new ways to make music without digital intervention.
Samuel Gaudet and Claude Gauthier, mathematicians at the University of
Moncton in New Brunswick, have developed the tritare.
This is like a guitar, but the strings branch in a Y-shape.
This results in the production of nonharmonic overtones,
something typically heard only from percussion instruments.
Meanwhile, at NYU, violinist Mari Kimura has figured out how to
produce subharmonics with her traditional acoustic instrument.
This enables her to play cello-like notes, an octave below
what one ordinarily hears from a violin.
She says she doesn’t really know how she does it, but physicists are trying
to figure it out.
is being made on the perceptual science of music, but we still do not
understand why people like to do strange things with noise.