Saxophone multiphonics

Martín Proscia, Pablo E. Riera

Multiphonics are complex sounds that are capable of elicit more than one fundamental pitch. This phenomena occours thanks to the non-linearity in the exitation mechanism of instruments. In the saxophone there are several hundreds of multiphonic tones each them having special characteristics regarding the timbre and the embouchure techniques. In this work we are studying a large set of tones and how are their different properties. This inspection showed that in the whole set of tones are several groups of tones that cluster together depending on their spectral and playing characteristics.

Example multiphonics

Morphing between multiphonics

Presentations and Concerts


Martín Proscia, Pablo Riera, and Manuel C. Eguía. "Comparative study of saxophone multiphonic tones. A possible perceptual categorization." Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciencies of Music.


Proscia, M; Riera, P. E.; Eguía, M. C.; "Estudio Comparativo del saxofón multifónico a partir de diferentes herramientas de analisis perceptivo". X Encuentro de Ciencias Cognitivas de la Música. SACCOM. (2011)

Masterclass: "Acercamiento a la acústica del saxofón y sus multifónicos". Conservatorio Superior de Música de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires "Astor Piazzolla. CABA. 13 de Junio 2011.

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