Top plate vibration analysis of the kanun

  • Cem Ömeroğlu İTÜ Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü -MİAM, Vişnezade Mahallesi, İTÜ Maçka Kampüsü, 34367 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Türkiye. email:
Keywords: finite elements method, physical modelling, experimental modal analysis, natural frequency, kanun, top plate


This study is focused on the top plate vibration analysis of the Kanun instrument. The aim is to identify and predict the spruce and plane tree top plate’s natural frequencies by using a truly working and confirmed physical model. The method is to measure the resonant frequencies with a hammer test experiment and then verify those results with a 3D physical model of the plates computed with a PC in free modes of vibration. This verification is achieved only for the free modes of vibrational behavior at this stage. Achieving this goal may lead the model to the next level to identify the fixed modes of vibration behavior of the top plates. Finally, the results are evaluated within the range of the fundamental frequencies of the instrument. Plane tree has much more natural frequency harmonic component within the frequency range of the instrument than the spruce as one of an example.


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Author Biography

Cem Ömeroğlu, İTÜ Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü -MİAM, Vişnezade Mahallesi, İTÜ Maçka Kampüsü, 34367 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Türkiye. email:

Studying sound engineering and design at ITU MIAM Ph.D. music program. Lecturing at Bahçeşehir University Sound Technology and Design. Graduate Program since 2015, also lectured at SAE (2009-2016) and YTU (2003-2006). Musician, composer and performer member of the Turkish rock bands Nekropsi (1995-2020) and Kök (2012-2020).


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How to Cite
Ömeroğlu, C. (2020). Top plate vibration analysis of the kanun. Rast Musicology Journal, 7(3), 2280-2295.