Experimental support for a model of birdsong production

G. B. Mindlin, T. J. Gardner, F. Goller, Roderick Suthers

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In this work we present an experimental validation of a recently proposed model for the production of birdsongs. We have previously observed that driving the model with simple functions of time, which represent tensions in vocal muscles, produces a wide variety of sounds resembling birdsongs. In this work we drive the model with functions whose time dependence comes from recordings of muscle activities and air sac pressure. We simultaneously recorded the birds' songs and compared them with the synthetic songs. The model produces recognizable songs. Beyond finding a qualitative agreement, we also test some predictions of the model concerning the relative levels of activity in the gating muscles at the beginning and end of a syllable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41908
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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