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Investigating concert hall acoustics from musicians' perspective: summary of results from a survey of two touring chamber orchestras


Panton, L and Holloway, D and Cabrera, D, Investigating concert hall acoustics from musicians' perspective: summary of results from a survey of two touring chamber orchestras, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society, 15-18 November 2015, Hunter Valley, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0-909882-05-1 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Through a collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and their sister group ACO2, subjective musician assessments of the acoustics in sixteen Australian concert venues have been obtained. The musicians were asked to rate venues on key acoustical aspects, including on Reverberance, Hearing Self, Support, Ensemble, Clarity, Warmth, Timbre, Communication with the main Auditorium, Echoes and Overall Acoustic Impression. This work differs from previous subjective stage acoustics studies in several significant respects. First, the sets of venues (8 for each orchestra) were assessed with the same repertoire, and over a short concert tour. This eliminated many variable elements in the assessments, and ensured that the comparisons were made by the subjects within the timespan of good acoustic memory, which is known to be short. Additionally, the chamber orchestra configuration performing without a conductor is postulated to be the ideal medium for such a study. Larger orchestras would rarely work without a conductor; hence many of the ensemble and balance problems that depend on good acoustics become less critical. The results from the two surveys indicate that Ensemble and Support are the most important subjective characteristics for a chamber orchestra, and were highly correlated with the Overall Acoustic Impression. This work is part of a larger project in which these subjective assessments will be used to compare with both traditional acoustic measurements on stage with omnidirectional source/receiver, as well as novel measurements employing a spherical microphone array.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:auditorium acoustics, stage acoustics, psychoacoustics, concert hall, chamber orchestra, subjective rating
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Panton, L (Miss Lilyan Panton)
UTAS Author:Holloway, D (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
ID Code:104759
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2015-11-18
Last Modified:2018-01-15
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