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Chamber musicians’ acoustic impressions of auditorium stages: relation to spatial distribution of early reflections and other parameters


Panton, L and Yadav, M and Cabrera, D and Holloway, D, Chamber musicians' acoustic impressions of auditorium stages: relation to spatial distribution of early reflections and other parameters, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145, (6) pp. 3715-3726. ISSN 0001-4966 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1121/1.5111748


Characterizing stage acoustics using objective parameters has seen some recent resurgence—several studies have noted the importance of the directionality of early stage reflections to musicians, which is not adequately represented using existing omnidirectional stage-support parameters. This study examines the subjective impressions of 19 chamber musicians against omnidirectional [reverberation time, early and late support (STEarly, STLate), etc.], and proposed spatially-defined parameters (TH and TS), along with simple ratios of stage dimensions derived from measurements on eight purpose-built stages. TH is a ratio of early energy from "above" to that from the "horizontal," while TS relates energy from above to that from the "sides" of the stage. Robust mixed-effects analyses showed that the musicians' overall acoustic impression ratings are predicted (i) by TH within a linear model; (ii) by TH × STEarly, TH × STLate, and TS × STEarly, TS × STLate; (iii) by STEarly, STLate each within parabolic models; and (iv) by several architectural parameters' linear and parabolic models. These findings reinforce recent studies of spatially-defined parameters to more fully account for the subtleties of onstage sound fields. Some simple design recommendations are presented, although future studies are needed to confirm these findings/recommendations for a wider range of auditorium stages.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:stage acoustics, ambisonics, auditorium acoustics, orchestra, lateral reflections, early reflections
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 engineering
UTAS Author:Panton, L (Miss Lilyan Panton)
UTAS Author:Holloway, D (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
ID Code:133601
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2019-07-02
Last Modified:2020-03-30
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