Professor Murray Campbell

Main Research Areas: Musical acoustics, optical measurement of acoustic fields, particle image velocimetry (PIV), wind instruments, artificial lips, input impedance measurements, vortex sound theory, acoustic streaming, historic musical instruments

Contact Details

Prof. D. M. Campbell, Room 7306, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
t: (+44) 0131 650 5262
f: (+44) 0131 650 5902


Murray Campbell is Professor of Musical Acoustics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His main research activity is concerned with different aspects of the acoustical and musical behaviour of wind instruments. For some years the non-linear dynamics of lip-vibrated wind instruments has been studied using artificial lip excitation and high-speed digital photography. Non-linear loss mechanisms in wind instruments have been explored using particle image velocimetry. Acoustic pulse reflectometry and related techniques have been developed as effective tools for the design and optimisation of wind instruments. Work is also in progress on acoustical studies of historic wind instruments, making use of the rich resources of the University of Edinburgh’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments.

Murray Campbell is Co-ordinator of the UK Musical Acoustics Network, Co-chair of the Technical Committee for Musical Acoustics of the European Acoustics Association, and Associate Editor for Acta Acustica united with Acustica. He is Musical Director of the Edinburgh Renaissance Band, the Scottish Gabrieli Ensemble and the Linton Singers.


  • Musical Instruments: History, Technology, and Performance.

    M Campbell, C Greated and A Myers.

    Oxford University Press


  • The Musician’s Guide to Acoustics.

    M Campbell and C Greated.

    Oxford University Press

    (1987, repr.1998)