Technology has an intimate relationship with music throughout human history. Modern use of electronic amplification, especially in the case of the electric guitar, has expanded the vocabulary with which performers may produce their music. Jimi Hendrix realized this potential in his instrument, and influenced entire genres of music in doing so. A statistical analysis, using a signal analyzer and MATLAB, of both solid-state and tube amplifiers allowed a discussion on how the signal is modified to produce entirely new sounds. Finally, recommendations are made for continuation of this project.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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