History of acoustics

Bart Van Der Zee had me in his “drum history podcast” to talk about the history of drums and the history of acoustics. Interestingly acoustics phenomenon have been observed for millennials but acoustics engineering is about 50 to 60 years old, drums was one of the first musical instrument but its physical understanding just startsContinue reading “History of acoustics”

“…And you can have it in any colour you want as long as it’s your sound…”

Build your own sound with Repercussion patented Bessel vented snare. Choose vent characteristics : we will find spacers fitting exactly your needs to parameter the ported vent. Choose top and bottom shell independently (Height, thickness, material) Change the shell as easily as changing a head All mechanical elements on the chassis (snare strainer and buttContinue reading ““…And you can have it in any colour you want as long as it’s your sound…””

First modes on snare drums

This post will be about summarising the understanding so far about snare drums mechanical behaviour, build parameters and sound characteristics. On all “classically vented” drums, the first mode is hard to spot because of its heavy damping – numerical simulation showed for a 14×6,5″ drum a first mode at 50Hz – in this case bothContinue reading “First modes on snare drums”

Savart violin

Almost as classic as stradivarius or stratocaster…The savart Violin is exposed in Brussel’s musical instrument museum (highly recommended). This is one of the earliest attempt to understand the mechanics of violin and “re-engineer” the instrument with outstanding results at the time. If you have 28 minutes to spare, check out the documentary about Dr ClaudiaContinue reading “Savart violin”

Encountering the Master

I was really fortunate this november to wander through Brussels and attend the very first concert of Stéphane Galland’s  “Mystery of Kem” on the release night of the album in Flagey. What a night ! all my family was attending and even the youngest got mesmerised by Stephane Galland mastery on drums, rising on hisContinue reading “Encountering the Master”