“Free Reeds: An Intertwined Tale of Asian and Western Musical Instruments.” Acoustics Today, Vol. 19, Iss. 4, pgs. 14-22.

Jonas Braasch

School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180, USA




Jonas Braasch
is a professor in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, where he teaches in the Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics, and is associate director for research at Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). He obtained a master’s degree from Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany, in 1998 in physics and PhD degrees from Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany, in electrical engineering/information science in 2001 and in musicology in 2004. Jonas’ research interests span musical acoustics, binaural hearing, auditory modeling, and collaborative virtual reality systems. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and currently serves as chair of the Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics.

James P. Cottingham


Physics Department
Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, USA














James P. Cottingham is Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has a MS in mathematics from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, and a PhD in physics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. For over 30 years, he has conducted research in musical acoustics with undergraduate students, with a majority of his work concentrated on the acoustics of free-reed instruments. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and served two terms as chair of the ASA Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics.