IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY UPON MUSIC
In Partnership with Yamaha Music Centre
Innovative and ingenious music has always been intimately intertwined with technology. Technology in itself is an evolutionary stride in time, but technology in music breaks boundaries and surpasses instilled limitations. From the phonograph to the mp3 and beyond, the development of music and the growing industry that orbits around it have evolved around technological innovation. As society approached the 20th century, the innovation in technology cultivated the space to rewrite the rules of the music industry, mounting into producing and contributing critically to the art of performance and those notions that relate to the constantly advancing novelties of the burgeoning degrees of music.
During its long history, Yamaha’s founder Torakusu Yamaha completed a difficult repair job on a reed organ at a Japanese primary school. Technology was the premise that marked the beginning of Yamaha’s 130 plus year history, during which Yamaha has accumulated original technologies in the field of acoustic musical instruments based on its seasoned production skills and sensitivities about sound creation that have been passed down through generations. How has Yamaha sustained its innovation with that of the market’s technological advances ? Dedicated study and research in the fields of music optimization and technology. Yamaha’s Innovation Centre, ‘Innovation Road’, located in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a structure of distinction, innovation and prolific establishment equipped with technological advances and expertise. Since the founding of Yamaha in 1887 and throughout the course of their history, Yamaha has continued to take on new challenges, leveraging the technologies, know- how, and sensitivities gained during this journey to offer new values that resonate with people’s emotions.
To deliver even richer sound, Yamaha continues research into technologies in the fields of processing wood and metal materials, as well as keyboard and action mechanisms, sound sources, and acoustics. Some of their many technologically progressive equipment include, a wood reforming technology ‘A.R.E.’ Acoustic Resonance Enhancement (A.R.E) is an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha; through precise control of temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, the molecular properties of the wood can be manipulated into a more acoustically ideal condition, similar to the molecular characteristics of wooden materials in instruments that have played for years. A research to analyse vibrations and acoustics of musical instruments discovers that the shape of acoustic musical instruments, their structure, materials used, and other elements of their design have a major effect on the tones instruments produce. Yamaha, in accordance evolves its instruments by using measuring and simulating technologies to study how the various parts of the main body of instruments vibrate and how sound is generated by transmitting the vibration inside the instrument and into the surrounding atmosphere.
The technological headway continues into Yamaha’s aerodynamic sound control technology, Twisted Flare Port; one of the challenges in bass reflex speaker reproduction is to control air turbulence noise. Yamaha’s Twisted Flare Port, identifies the noise generation mechanism and reduces it by utilizing aerodynamic sound analysis and flow visualization measurement technology. As a result of the application of this technology, listeners can enjoy clear and rich low-frequency reproduction.
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