Joseph Curtin

The Science of Siren Songs: Stradivari Unveiled is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and master violinmaker and acoustician Joseph Curtin, recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. This wide-ranging conversation explores Curtin’s long quest to characterize the sound of a Stradivari violin and the rigorous series of double-blind tests he and his colleagues developed to probe whether or not professional musicians can really tell the difference between a Stradivari and a modern violin.

The conversation also covers violin acoustics and how Joseph Curtin marries acoustic science to the art of violin making and merges time-honoured techniques with new materials and design.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Finding What You’re Looking For, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Finding One’s Niche – Becoming a violinmaker
  2. Confronting Biases – Measuring a mystery
  3. Characterizing Sound –  Towards objectivity
  4. Making Modern Violins – In search of a new aesthetic
  5. The Future Awaits – Digital violins, new books and more

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781771700375

This book is also part of Conversations About Anthropology & Sociology which is available in paperback, hardcover and electronic format.

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Format: paperback, hardcover & eBook
Conversations About Anthropology & Sociology includes 5 books featuring in-depth conversations with:

  • Joseph Curtin (Master Violinmaker and Acoustician)
  • Mark Maslin (UCL)
  • Ian Stewart (Warwick University)
  • Frans de Waal (Emory University)
  • Fred Gitelman (Former World Champion Bridge)