The tone colour, or timbre, is the vehicle by which sounds speak and announce their individuality. It is what makes a nightingale’s voice that of a nightingale; a splash a splash. (‘The Single Tone’ by Chrisopher Yohmei Blasdel.)
The timbre or tone colour of the shakuhachi is unique and has been called the 'soul of the Japanese'. This study investigates what makes the sound of the shakuhachi so special. The study uses a sonogram or FFT to analyse the tone of shakuhachi.
Listen to the sound file of a 1.8 shakuhachi playing ro-otsu.
Learn more about shakuhachi acoustics by following the links below.