Andrew Morrison’s interest in the Physics of the Steelpan Instrument
Global - The 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America takes place in Seattle, Washington at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel later this month, May 23-27, 2011. And why is this of interest, one may ask? Well, two of the invited presentations/papers focus on the Steelpan instrument.
In a May 25 session devoted to: Musical Acoustics: Materials in Musical Instruments chaired by Uwe J. Hansen, of Indiana State University, Department of Physics - an Invited Paper titled “Material properties of steel in the steelpan” is the subject of interest. This paper comes from Andrew C. Morrison, currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University, Department of Physics in Chicago. From 2000–2005 NIU (Northern Illinois University) was ‘home’ to Morrison where he was a Teaching Assistant.
Good show. Let it be known.
I agree fully. Few peope know that Ellie Mannette's programme in West Virginia was not part of the Music Dept., but in the Metallurgy Dept., where they investigated the effect of different additives in the steel alloy on pan tone, sinkability, etc.
Here are some reasons why we need to have scholarships for our Students of Pan!
Congrats to Dr Andrew Morrison ... this is "doing something for pan".
Next step, patent the original, classical, traditional steelpan!!!
That's already been done and exploited commercially -- ever heard of a MIDI keyboard with pan waveforms? Yamaha, for example, sampled pan notes and included it in their MO-6 keyboard.