Flute Tones

As part of his Master’s Thesis, Ron Yorita recorded more than 1600 flute tones, from players across the western half of the United States.

His thesis is a nice piece of work, and you should read it. In the process of preparing his work for conference presentation, a number of people asked us whether it would be possible to make our recordings available, to allow others to perform analysis on a reasonably large corpus of recorded flute tones. We’ve agreed, and those notes are available here.

Want to read more? Here are some relevant URLs:

These notes are released under a Creative Commons license, and you’re welcome to use them, as long as you properly attribute them, and make modified versions available (the license badge appears at the bottom).

These flute tones are all single-note long-tones. The recordings include professionals, college-age musicians, and students.

It would be nice to organize them so that you can browse them by note, whether they have vibrato, etc., but rather than let the great be the enemy of the good, we’re just going to make them all public for now just the way they are.

In case it’s not obvious, the number before the hyphen identifies (or rather, fails to identify) a player, the letter and digit after the hyphen (e.g., ```a5’’’ identifies the note being played, and additional letters indicate requested properties of the note (e.g., “v” for vibrato).

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