Jonathan Andrew Kemp


  • Laidlaw Music Centre
    Queen’s Terrace
    St Andrews
    KY16 9QF

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research overview

I am interested in the physics of self-sustained oscillating systems (from musical instruments to animal sounds), acoustic measurement techniques, the characterisation of non-linear systems, sensory dissonace in scales and the physics of the guitar. My initial research involved studying linear wave propagation in tubular objects including transverse modes of vibration and in acoustic pulse reflectometry (echo-based measurement of the resonances and internal profile of tubular objects) with application to brass musical instruments. I have also researched the effect of non-linearities on impulse response measurement techniques and wave separation in pipes using multiple microphones with application to physical modelling synthesis. Recent work has included using sensory dissonance to investigate the intonation of the great highland bagpipe. My latest research has been conducted on the physics of guitar strings.

Academic/Professional Qualification

Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA)

Member of the Audio Engineering Society (MAES)

Teachers Diploma in Electric Guitar - Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM (TD))

PhD - University of Edinburgh (2002)

BSc (Hons) First Class - Physics with Music - University of Edinburgh (1998)

Teaching activity

Module Coordinator -

PH4036 Physics of Music

MU2004 Electronic Music

MU2002 Scottish Music


  • QC Physics
  • guitar
  • brass
  • acoustics
  • string
  • electric
  • multimodal
  • impulse
  • response
  • tremolo
  • arm
  • M Music
  • acoustics


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