University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Organic Chemistry

Auditory Presentation of Free Induction Decay (FID) Signals Generated by NMR Spectrometers


Copyright © 1996 Walter Bauer, Institute of Organic Chemistry,
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Dedicated to Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Dieter Seebach on the occasion of his 60th birthday

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Please note (dated March 2018):

The original contents of this article have been written up in 1996. Meanwhile, there have been many new developments with these matters, especially many new songs.

You may wish to look up this new site:
NMR Music 2014

Links to some of the new songs can be found at my homepage:
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The full set of new NMR-songs is available on YouTube by entering
Waldi Bauer

The current "NMR song flagship" is the song
"500 Miles",
available on YouTube.


  1. General Overview

  2. Fundamentals of NMR

  3. Auditory FID Presentation, History and Now

  4. Hardware Modifications and Recording

  5. Sound Examples:

    1. General remarks

    2. CH3CHO, full spectrum

    3. CH3CHO, quartet, good shim

    4. CH3CHO, quartet, poor shim

    5. PPh3, inverse FG-HOESY (1H, 31P)

    6. Hexamethyl benzene, 13C-CP/MAS

    7. Sawtooth signal of acetone-d6

    8. Probe tuning signal, 1H

    9. Melodies:

      1. General remarks

      2. Melody "Hänschen klein"

      3. Melody "Happy birthday"

      4. Melody "Dr. Schiwago"

  6. What does "MUSICIANS" mean?

  7. Conclusions

  8. References and Links

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This article was first published on World Wide Web August 24, 1996

September 03, 2022