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dc.contributor.authorLe Ferrand, Hortenseen_US
dc.identifier.citationLe Ferrand, H. (2022). Could bio-inspired nacre-like ceramics be suitable to fabricate musical instruments?. Music and Science, 5, 205920432211461-.
dc.description.abstractIn the past, natural ceramic biomaterials like bones and seashells were used to make music. Today, ceramics are largely absent from the musical scene. Yet, recent development of bio-inspired ceramics could be used to create musical instruments that emulate sound from ancient times, that do not make use of endangered animal species or that enable exploration of new types of music. In this paper, the question of whether bio-inspired ceramics would be suitable for usage in musical instrument is posed. The study focusses on nacre-like alumina ceramics of various compositions and their suitability to be used, fabricated, and to produce sound are discussed based on materials’ properties. It is found that flat pieces could be produced with high throughput for making idiophones or parts of musical instruments to increase the sound radiance, for example, and that complex shapes could be produced by a craftsperson to reproduce other musical instruments’ designs or create new ones using 3D printing technologies. The potential application of such ceramics for music could also open ideas in architecture where tiles are used, for example. Future work to enable these applications should be on more thorough characterisation of dynamic properties according to standards, scaled-up and reliable fabrication processes, and evaluation of the sound produced.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.relationStart Up Granten_US
dc.relation.ispartofMusic and Scienceen_US
dc.rights© 2022 The Author(s). Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
dc.titleCould bio-inspired nacre-like ceramics be suitable to fabricate musical instruments?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US
dc.description.versionPublished versionen_US
dc.subject.keywordsAcoustical Propertiesen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThe author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Nanyang Technological University (grant number Start-Up Grant).en_US
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