Demonstration device for sound figures, after Chladni

Why is the design and the material of a violin so important? The answer is simple: The way in which a sound box vibrates with a given tone determines the sound quality and timbre of a musical instrument. The first to show insight into the way objects vibrate was Ernst Chladni (1756-1827). He clamped regularly formed (round, square or triangular) glass plates at one point, scattered fine grains of sand onto them, and set the plate into vibration with a violin bow. The sand jumps away in places where the plate is heavily vibrating (the so-called ‘antinodes’) and the sand remains in places where the vibrations deaden each other (the ‘nodes’), resulting in the ‘nodal lines’ becoming clearly visible on the plate.

Administration name

Fysisch Kabinet

Title

Demonstration device for sound figures, after Chladni

Translated title

Demonstration device for sound figures, after Chladni

Material

[{'material': 'brass'}, {'material': 'Wood'}, {'material': 'Boxwood'}]

Object number

FK 0269

Reproduction reference

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