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Physical Modeling of the Piano

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20042004:981942

Received: 21 June 2003

Published: 27 June 2004


A project aimed at constructing a physical model of the piano is described. Our goal is to calculate the sound produced by the instrument entirely from Newton's laws. The structure of the model is described along with experiments that augment and test the model calculations. The state of the model and what can be learned from it are discussed.

Keywords and phrases:

physical modelingpiano

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Department of Computer Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA


© Giordano and Jiang 2004