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Tuesday, July 1 • 14:00 - 15:13
Optical Measurement of Acoustic Drum Strike Locations

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Optical Measurement of Acoustic Drum Strike Locations
Janis Sokolovskis and Andrew McPherson
Queen Mary University of London

Short Paper

This paper presents a method for locating the position of a strike on an acoustic drumhead. Near-field optical sensors were installed underneath the drumhead of a commercially available snare drum. By implementing time difference of arrival (TDOA) algorithm accuracy within 2cm was achieved in approximating the location of strikes. The system can be used for drum performance analysis, timbre analysis and can form a basis for an augmented drum performance system.


Andrew McPherson

Lecturer in Digital Media, Queen Mary University of London
Andrew McPherson is an electronic engineer, composer and instrument designer. His research focuses on augmented acoustic instruments and new performance interfaces which build on traditional instrumental training. Recent projects include the magnetic resonator piano (electromagnetically-augmented... Read More →
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Janis Sokolovskis

PhD Research Student, Queen Mary, University of London
PhD Research Student at Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London. Research interests - Augmented Instruments, Audio Analysis, Music Learning Technologies.

Tuesday July 1, 2014 14:00 - 15:13 BST
New Academic Building: LG02

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