SHARC Timbre Database ("Gregory J. Sandell" )

Subject: SHARC Timbre Database
From:    "Gregory J. Sandell"  <sandell(at)SPARKY.PARMLY.LUC.EDU>
Date:    Fri, 1 Mar 1996 12:01:53 -0600

Announcing the SHARC TIMBRE DATABASE and invitation to join a Timbre Discussion email list SHARC is a public domain database of musical timbre information by Gregory Sandell. It stands for "Sandell Harmonic Archive." People for whom this dataset may be useful are Acousticians, Psychoacousticians, researchers in Music Percepion and Cognition, researchers in Digital Signal Processing, Music Theorists, and Musicologists. Over 1300 different notes have been analysed. Complete chromatic runs from the standard playing range of essentially all the non-percussive instruments of the modern orchestra have been included; for example, individual analyses of 32 different oboe notes (the chromatic scale from the pitches a#3 to f6) are available. A WWW front end for SHARC is available at: This page contains links to explanations of what SHARC is, how the database can be downloaded, as well as a number of graphic plots of various aspects of the data. Of special note is the ability to plot the spectra for individual notes in various ways, and to hear syntheses of the spectra over the web (if your computer is suitably set up for audio). I have a Listserver, or distributed email list, set up to keep people informed about changes I make to SHARC. I am now also inviting all timbre researchers to join to the list and use it as a forum for general discussions of issues of musical timbre. If postings become suitably frequent, and the dialogues lively, I am open to the idea of starting an independent listserv devoted to the topic. But for now, it will serve the dual purpose of being devoted to both SHARC and timbre discussion in general. The list currently has 50 members. Please join the list and tell us about your research interests in musical timbre! You can actually join SHARCLIST through a web page! (Many times less painless than the usual way of joining by sending obscure commands through email!) Simple connect to ...and follow the instructions. (Note: your web browser has to support "Forms".) Have fun! - Greg Sandell (* SHARC is unrelated to the DSP chip of the same name. ) -- Gregory J. Sandell, Research Associate, sandell(at) Parmly Hearing Institute, Loyola University Chicago 6525 N. Sheridan Chicago IL 60626 USA voice:312-508-3976 FAX:312-508-2719 WWW:

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