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Welcome to the site dedicated to the field of Concert Hall Acoustics. This field has over the past century grown to become the Queen of room acoustics.

Below is a list of selected topics related to the field of Concert Hall Acoustics, including links to relevant akuTEK research fields. To get more information, follow the links. In case of “-> external” article, use back button ‘<-’ to return to the present page.

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Concert Hall Acoustics

Spatial aspects in Concert Hall Acoustics

Measurements of IACC during music performance in concert halls (paper) 01.02.2017 (ISMRA presentation 11.09.2016), ASA-Boston-2017-presentation 29.06.2017, ICSV24 London paper 2017;

The subjective effects of first reflections in concert halls—The need for lateral reflections, by M Barron (1971) (download in new window)

Late lateral energy fractions and the envelopment question in concert halls, by M Barron (2001)  (download in new window)

Spatial responsiveness in concert halls and the origins of spatial impression, by Marshall and Barron (2001) (download in new window)

Soulodre and Bradley (1994) The components of spatial impression in concert halls

De Vries: Spatial fluctuations in measures for spaciousness

Jeon: Effect of sound strength and IACC on perception of listener envelopment in concert hall

Griesinger: Objective measures of spaciousness and envelopment

Concert Hall Acoustics, misc AKUTEK publications

Simulations and subjective rating of acoustic conditions in a symphony orchestra - a case study M Skalevik 29.08.2018 (presentation)

Concert Hall Acoustics, Online Rating And Beranek’s Data Collection, by M Skalevik

The Acoustics of Boston’s Symphony Halls , a video presentation N Edwards, September 2016 (full screen option recommended)

Acoustics Why are some concert halls acoustically loved by audiences and others are not? , a video presentation N Edwards, June 2016(full screen option recommended)

Theory and measurement of early, late and total sound levels in concert spaces , by M Barron 25.11.2015

Taking account of loudness constancy for the loudness criterion for concert halls , by M Barron 19.11.2015

Objective assessment of concert hall acoustics using Temporal Energy Analysis (2013), by M Barron 

Can source broadening and envelopment be measured directly from a music performance in a concert hall? M Skålevik, 28.10.2015

Can Spaciousness be measured directly from a music performance in a concert hall? (3MB pptx) (1MB PDF) by M Skålevik 31.10.2015

Noise exposure of musicians: The own instrument’s sound compared to the sound from others by Wenmaekers and Hak 08.06.2015

Level balance between Self, Others and Reverb, and its significance to noise exposure as well as mutual hearing in orchestra musicians by M Skålevik 05.06.2015

Consistency in music room acoustics for the orchestra musician, by M Skålevik 10.09.2014

Acoustics of the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory after Reconstruction in 2010–2011, by N.G. Kanev, A.Ya. Livshits, and H. Möller

Consistency in music room acoustics, by M Skålevik 25.07.2014

Rehearsal room acoustics for the orchestra musician (paper), and presentation by M Skålevik 04.06.2014

Rooms for music – Acoustical needs and requirements , by J H Rindel 04.06.2014

Concert hall preference prediction—uncertainties from using a selection of data , the presentation by M Skålevik at ISRA 2013 Toronto

Room Acoustical Parameters in predictions of concert hall preference  - about uncertainties, explanation and understanding , by M Skålevik 22.03.2013

Wenmaekers, Hak and van Luxemburg, on concert hall Stage Acoustics (more Stage Acoustics)
On Measurements of Stage Acoustic Parameters: Time Interval Limits and various Source–Receiver Distances
The influence of Room Acoustic Aspects on the Noise Exposure of Symphonic Orchestra Musicians;
A Model for the prediction of Sound Levels within a Symphonic Orchestra based on measured Sound Strength

Concert hall parameters, correlation and target values

M Skålevik: Room Acoustical Parameters in predictions of concert hall preference  - about uncertainties, explanation and understanding, published  20.03.2013
M Skålevik:
Can concert hall preference be predicted with physical quantities? AIA-DAGA conference 20 March 2013
Anders Gade:
Acoustics for Symphony Orchestras; status after three decades of experimental research
Visualizing dynamic spatial response (pptx file, click F5 or “slide show”)
Online listening tests:
Stage Acoustics and Hearing of Others
Concert hall intimacy and monaural distance perception
Binaural perception of Proximity, Distance Que and Reverberance

Concert Hall Parameters 2012—Status Report  published  23.04.2012

Concert Hall Parameters and concert hall preference IOA Dublin 2011 poster 02.08.2011

Concert Hall Parameters - We still haven’t found what we’re looking for IOA Dublin 2011 paper 19.04.2011

Acoustic description of the Great hall of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory
by H Möller et al  12.09.2010

Concert Hall Parameters Relevance Test  (ICA 2010 presentation) by M Skålevik 03.09.2010
Phase Coherence as a Measure of Acoustic Quality:    by D Griesinger 03.09.2010
1 The Neural Mechanism;
2 Perceiving Engagement;
3 Hall Design
Sound Strength in Small Halls by J Hyde and H Möller  12.09.2010
Behaviour of lateral energy in small concert halls by H Möller and J Hyde 12.09.2010
How loud is my reverberation? by D Griesinger 03.09.2010
Objective assessment of concert hall acoustics M Barron (paper) (presentation)
When is a concert hall too quiet?  M Barron
Room acoustic parameters - distribution over concert hall seating area M Skålevik  (Paper) (Presentation)
Frequency limits of reflector arrays—status report M Skålevik
Diffusivity and its effect on concert hall seat absorption (paper) (poster) M Skålevik
Origin of Spaces
Stage acoustics, support and mutual hearing in ensemble
Reflector array and orchestra canopy design
Prediction of echoes, and flutter-echoes
Diffusivity—its significance to perceived sound quality
Directivity of musical instruments - how to deal with it in a concert hall
Performers perception of own voice or instrument
Demo—sound examples of reverberance for audience and performers
akuTEK research—misc topics

Computational acoustics:

Methods for computer assisted prediction of acoustics is very important to research in the field of room acoustics, and for development and design of new performance spaces. Computational capacity in computers has increased since Krokstad et al started out in the 1960’s, but so have our demands.

Bradley: Evolution of newer auditorium acoustics parameters

Concert Hall Acoustics 2008, by L Beranek (download in new window)

Relevant links

Orchestras, images and layouts

Visualizing Concert Hall Reverberation (2008)

Visualizing Concert Hall Reverberation (2013)

Visualizing Concert Hall Reverberation (poster)

The best buildings you’ll ever hear

According to the musicians who play here, the opera house may look great but it sounds dreadful

A treat for soloists, chamber orchestras and singers, but too dry and flat acoustics for a big orchestra”

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