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On the Use of Ancient Open-Air Theatres for Modern Unamplified Performances: A Scale Model Approach

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Ancient theatres are widely used today for modern performances including drama, music and ballets. Despite the state of conservation of the stage, the scenery is often designed with little care about its acoustical efficiency. To clarify the acoustical impact of these elements in ancient theatres, different stage settings were investigated by means of scale model measurements. The scale model is a 1:20 scale reproduction of the ancient theatre of Siracusa (Italy). It is conceived as modular structure so that different configurations of the cavea and of the stage can be reproduced. To investigate the stage-set effects, different groups of reflecting panels were arranged on the platform and an orchestra shell was tested too. The interplay of stage and theatre architecture was outlined by a systematic set of acoustical measurements.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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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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