Chapter 12. Making an impact

In this chapter, we will look at a miscellany of musical performance and musical instruments that all involve impacts of one kind or another.

The idea for this chapter was first suggested by Evan Davis, who also contributed insights into drumming and much other useful feedback. The material on the clavichord was first explored in the course of a student project by William Layzell-Smith [1]. I am grateful to Dan Tidhar for giving us access to a clavichord, harpsichord and spinet for the purposes of measurements.


[1] William Layzell-Smith, “An investigation of the acoustic vibrations in different keyboard instruments”, MEng dissertation, Cambridge University Engineering Department (2021).