Concert hall acoustics: Repertoire, listening position, and individual taste of the listeners influence the qualitative attributes and preferences

Tapio Lokki, Jukka Pätynen, Antti Kuusinen, Sakari Tervo

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Abstract

Some studies of concert hall acoustics consider the acoustics in a hall as a single entity. Here, it is shown that the acoustics vary between different seats, and the choice of music also influences the perceived acoustics. The presented study compared the acoustics of six unoccupied concert halls with extensive listening tests, applying two different music excerpts on three different seats. Twenty eight assessors rated the halls according to the subjective preference of the assesors and individual attributes with a paired comparison method. Results show that assessors can be classified into two preference groups, which prioritize different perceptual factors. In addition, the individual attributes elicited by assessors were clustered into three latent classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-562
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume140
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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