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Concert Hall Acoustic Evaluations by Ordinary Concert-Goers: I, Multi-dimensional Description of Evaluations

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Subjective acoustic evaluation experiments were carried out at Jive conceits in conceit halls with ordinary concertgoens as listeners, and employing bipolar semantic rating scales previously justified experimentally. Factor analysis of the raw scale judgements produced four independent subjective factors, namely BODY (full-bodied, full, voluminous), CLARITY (clear, distinct), TONAL QUALITY (of smooth tone, of rich tone), and PROXIMITY (near, enveloping). These results confirm the findings of earlier studies using dummy head concert hall recordings, and illuminate some of the ways a wide crosssection of concert goers describe their acoustic experience of listening to live music.

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Es wurden Versuche zur akustischen Beurteilung während Konzerten in Konzertsälen mit normalen Konzertbesuchern als Zuhörern durchgeführt unter Benutzung von bipolaren semantischen Beurteilungsskalen, die vorher experimentell verifiziert wurden. Die Faktorenanalyse der originalen Skalenbeurteilungen lieferten vier unabhangige subjektive Faktoren, nämlich Volumen (“BODY”) (voll, voluminös), KLARHEIT (klar, durchsichtig), TONQUALITÄT (glatter oder reicher Ton), und NÄHE (“PROXIMITY”) (nah, einhüllend). Diese Ergebnisse bestätigen die Befunde früherer Untersuchungen auf der Grundlage von Kunstkopfaufzeichnungen und sagen etwas aus über die Art und Weise, in der eine große Anzahl von Konzertbesuchern ihre akustischen Hörein drücke von direkt aufgeführter Musik beschreiben.

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Nous avons réalisé des expériences d'évaluation subjective de salles de concert au cours de concerts en direct, à l'aide d'auditeurs moyens. Nous avons utilisé des échelles bipolaires d'analyse sémantique, validées expérimentalement auparavant. L'analyse factorielle des réponses brutes fournit quatre facteurs subjectifs indépendants, à savoir: le CORPS /angl. BODY (charpenté, plein, ample), la PRECISION/angl. CLARITY (précis, distinct), la QUALITE TONALE / angl. TONAL QUALITY (son coulant, son riche), et la PROXIMITE / angl. PROXIMITY (proche, enveloppant). Ces résultats confirment les enquêtes précédentes utilisant des enregistrements par tête artificielle, et apportent des éclaircissements sur la manière dont une grande proportion du public de concerts décrit son impression acoustique consécutive à l'écoute en direct.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1995

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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