Dr. Jonathan A. Kemp is a physicist and musician working a the University of St Andrews. His recent work involves the pitch sensitivity of guitar strings to player control and has resulted in a sets of guitar strings that bend in tune on four strings with tremolo arm use and is the subject of a PLOS One journal paper and UK patent application through the University of St Andrews as demonstrated on YouTube.
He completed his undergraduate degree in Physics with Music at the University of Edinburgh in 1998 (featuring an honours project on piano string inharmonicity supervised by Dr. Raymond Parks) before completing a PhD thesis, Theoretical and experimental study of wave propagation in brass musical instruments under the supervision of Prof. Murray Campbell and Prof. Clive Greated in 2002. Jonathan has teaching experience at the University of Edinburgh, the Open University, the University of Abertay, Dundee and the University of St Andrews. He has been working full time in Music and Physics at the University of St Andrews since 2011, teaching, supervising the electronic music studio and conducting research.
Jonathan was originally taught the flute at school and now plays guitar, bass and mandolin, holding a teachers diploma in electric guitar from the London College of Music and Media LLCM(TD). He plays:
Bass for Teannaich Rock Ceilidh Band
Guitar and is bandleader for St Andrews Fusion
Guitar with Bothy Ballad singer Scott Gardiner
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Dr Jonathan A. Kemp's recent paper "The physics of unwound and wound strings on the electric guitar applied to the pitch intervals produced by tremolo/vibrato arm systems" in the PLOS One journal and UK patent application through the University of St Andrews has resulted in a new set of guitar strings as demonstrated on YouTube.
He has also published papers on measurement techniques for musical wind instruments and the characterisation of distortion in loudspeakers. His PhD thesis, Theoretical and experimental study of wave propagation in brass musical instruments was completed at the University of Edinburgh in 2002. For full details of my research please consult Jonathan Kemp’s Research Portal Entry at the University of St Andrews.
My research uses the MATLAB programming environment and I have written a short pdf booklet available free of charge: Introduction to MALTAB (or Octave) by application to musical acoustics.Visit research Page