Drums have played an important role in nearly all musical cultures. They have been used to transmit messages, convey the time of day, send soldiers into battle and warn of impending disaster. Although drums have been constructed of wood, stone and metal, the most familiar type of drum consists of a membrane of animal skin or synthetic material stretched over some type of air enclosure.
Acoustics of Drums
Thomas D. Rossing; Acoustics of Drums. Physics Today 1 March 1992; 45 (3): 40–47. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.881333
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