I am currently an electrical engineer with a strong passion for engineering and making/studying musical instruments. I mainly specialize in high voltage and pulsed power engineering, and have worked with and studied a wide range of topics including high voltage engineering, plasma engineering, laser systems, pulsed power, power electronics, sensors and instrumentation, and many other engineering fields.
In addition to engineering, I have been making and studying world instruments as a hobby for at least a decade, having first started in high school being introduced to the shakuhachi. Since then I have made and studied numerous instruments, including: shakuhachi, taiko, shamisen, ichigenkin, Native American flutes, quena, didgeridoos, glass marimba bars, Finnish kantele, ocarina, erhu, xiao, irish flute, pan pipes, and guqin. Only recently I have begun to combine a very in-depth engineering/scientific analysis study with my musical instrument hobby to begin exploring the physics of musical instruments, most specifically pertaining to the qin.
My hopes are that this site, Guqin Reflections, will help provide more information and knowledge pertaining to this fascinating, mysterious, and complex world of the merging of art and science, and understanding the physics of the sound of the guqin, musical strings, and musical instruments in general. All of the information and data that I post is free and available to anyone who is interested in the subject. This work is done completely on my own free time and totally self funded, with much material, such as spare string sets, and opportunities to test other qin, generously donated by other qin players. It is the culmination of many, many long hours of sorting, filtering, organizing, analyzing, and plotting data, and as such, I would like to respectfully request that any original material, content, articles, pictures, data, or novel concepts and strings that I post and/or develop on this site be properly sourced and referenced if you are using it or referencing it in any way for your own purposes – in essence, please give credit to where it is due, as I always make as much of an effort as possible to properly site all information that I borrow from other sources. Although I have made the effort to make this information available, I do request this one stipulation be respectfully followed so that I may be able to continue to distribute information that may be of further use to relevant communities who may benefit from it.
I hope to ultimately make this site, Guqin Reflections, the most detailed, in depth, and largest scale collection of data and general scientific information relating to the study of the sound of the qin and its strings.