The science of sound

 

SYOS was created by Maxime and Pauline, two musicians and researchers passionate about acoustics. They noticed that today, few musical instruments are optimized. Studying the acoustics of musical instrument allow to understand and then to improve these instruments that are derived from the tradition and the know-how of the maker from the 19th century.

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Pauline

Pauline is passionate about the acoustics of musical instruments. She began research in this field 10 years ago during a student project and has continued to explore different aspects to this day. She did her PhD at Ircam in Paris, working on a project aiming at developing tools for helping instruments makers. Then she secured a post at McGill University in Canada where she pursued research on single-reed instrument mouthpieces.

  • Research domain: Acoustics
  • Instruments: Flute, Bass guitar and saxophone
  • His favorite saxophone sound: Definitely the sound of Paul Desmond! Very dark, very smooth and warm...
  • His favorite tunes: Whisper not (Benny Golson), Voyage (Kenny Barron), and of course the piano concerto of Edvard Grieg...
 

Maxime

After four years of research at IRCAM in Paris, he joined Pauline to apply his psychoacoustics skills in the world of musical instruments. He did is PhD on the way people use words to describe auditory sensation and is then a specialist of the sound vocabulary. Maxime is also a jazz pianist and loves complex harmony and weird rythms...

  • Research domain: Psychoacoustics
  • Instruments: Piano, Trumpet and accordion
  • His favorite saxophone sound: Definitely the sound of Paul Desmond! Very dark, very smooth and warm...
  • His favorite tunes: Whisper not (Benny Golson), Voyage (Kenny Barron), and of course the piano concerto of Edvard Grieg...