Dynamic responsiveness in concert halls as source of emotional impact

Jukka Pätynen, T. Lokki

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The evaluation of concert hall acoustics traditionally relies on a set of measured objective parameters and perceptual attributes described by listeners. These means aim to predict the subjective preference for particular acoustic conditions. Recent research has introduced alternative approaches for assessing the room-acoustic quality through factors that are oriented more towards the experience evoked by music listening rather than directly rating the characteristics of the acoustic transmission. First, the same music except performed through different concert hall acoustics appears to produce a varying intensity of emotional pleasure. Second, a separate study has indicated that different concert halls have the virtue of augmenting the expressivity of music by expanding the loudness contrasts as well as enhancing the spaciousness perception along dynamically varying music. We hypothesise that the emotional impact, and therefore the listening pleasure in concert halls, is influenced by the expressivity of the music performed in different room acoustics. In this paper we investigate the connections between subjective impact from music listening and the expressivity-intensifying factors of concert hall acoustics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAuditorium Acoustics 2018
Place of PublicationHamburg, Germany
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781906913311
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAuditorium Acoustics - Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 4 Oct 20186 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Institute of Acoustics
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
ISSN (Electronic)1478-6095


ConferenceAuditorium Acoustics
Abbreviated titleIOA AA
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  • Concert hall acoustics


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