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Overview and preliminary results from a study of stage acoustics for chamber orchestras


Panton, L and Cabrera, D and Holloway, D, Overview and preliminary results from a study of stage acoustics for chamber orchestras, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Musical and Room Acoustics, 11-13 September 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9789872471385 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper describes an ongoing project that examines the on-stage acoustic conditions of major Australia purpose-built concert halls in relation to their use for chamber music performance. During a national tour in 2015, members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra made subjective assessments. Acoustic measurements in these auditoria are being undertaken using the same stage configuration as the performances, with both a traditional omnidirectional receiver and with a 32-channel spherical microphone array (Eigenmike). At the time of writing, measurements have been completed in six halls. This paper presents these initial results and considers both traditional omnidirectional parameters and also the spatial response on stage in the auditoria. The results of the subjective study have been previously reported, but are summarized briefly and then discussed in this paper in relation to the objective measurements. Further auditorium measurements are planned; nevertheless, these early results indicate some notable and interesting relationships between the objective measurements and subjective musician assessments.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:stage acoustics, musicians, chamber music
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural science and technology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Panton, L (Miss Lilyan Panton)
UTAS Author:Holloway, D (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
ID Code:111709
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-10-01
Last Modified:2017-08-10

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