Fletcher, Neville H. Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Martin, Daniel W. Acoustics Consultant, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Smith, Julius O., III Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Conventional Instruments
- Percussion instruments
- Wind instruments
- String instruments
- Human voice
- Electrical, Electronic, and Software Instruments
- Sound generation methods
- Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Devices used to produce musical sounds. Musical instruments evolved from simple found objects: hollow logs, perhaps with animal skins stretched over the ends, bamboo tubes or large seashells, and stretched bowstrings. They are now classified as percussion instruments, wind instruments, and string instruments, but other divisions are possible.
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