Sunday, August 29, 2004

Membranophone what???

The term membranophone comes from the idea of vibrating 'membrane' which produces a sound. According to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music editor Don Randal, 4th ed. , "Membranophone." these instruments were traditionally made with a stretched animal skin, "though now often a synthetic material." Membranophone's are mostly drums, however some are mirlitons. According to Grove Music Online "Membranophones are subdivided into those which are struck, those which are sounded by friction and those which resonate in sympathy with some other sound [mirlitons]. "
The Western-style classification of instruments was devised by E.M. von Hornbostel and C. Sachs in 1914 in their book Zeitschrift für Ethnologie. This system included idiophones, membranophones, chordophones, and aerophones.