Hyper-specializing in Saxophone Using Acoustical Insight and Deep Listening Skills

  • Jonas Braasch

Part of the Current Research in Systematic Musicology book series (CRSM, volume 6)

Table of contents

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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book presents a novel method of grafting musical wind instruments by exchanging an instrument’s standard mouthpiece with different tone generators. Using the concrete example of the soprano saxophone, it describes how, with six other tone generators, including brass, double reed, and free reed mechanisms, the saxophone can be extended to nearly every wind instrument category in the von Hornbostel and Sachs classification system. The book demonstrates how it is possible to play these instrument variations with high proficiency, and describes the method of hyper-specialization, including acoustical insights, conservatory training methods and the underlying philosophy. The latter is based on the cultural traditions of the different wind instrument prototypes and the Deep Listening philosophy of cultivating internal diversity, and approach that leads to a new level of wind instrument virtuosity that offers great timbral variety combined with the flexibility of a regular acoustic wind instrument.



Acoustical Musical Instruments Wind Instrument Design Wind Instrument Performance Hyperspecialization Acoustical Insight Deep Listening Skills

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonas Braasch
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  1. 1.Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory, School of ArchitectureRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15045-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15046-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-6966
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-6974
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