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Study of the Interaction of Bowed String Instruments with Two Rooms from the Musician's Perspective

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This study investigates the way bowed string instruments interact with two different rooms. Certain techniques or playing styles were selected for the acoustic analysis, and two rooms with very different acoustics were simulated based on a laboratory and a theater. The recordings and real-time tests were made in the dry laboratory room at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. The study consisted of obtaining acoustic parameters and binaural auralizations in the virtual rooms, with two types of experiments. In the first one, recordings were made of ten effects on the violin and viola, and the auralization was made simulating the position of a musician in the two rooms. Ten musicians answered six questions about their perceptions of the effects. The second experiment used the real-time binaural auralization of a musician playing five effects on the violin, simulating four positions on the theater stage and answering nine questions. The acoustic parameters were measured in each situation and compared with the auditory perceptions of the respondents. By analyzing different techniques and playing styles on the violin and viola in two different environments, this work sheds new light on room acoustics, especially from the musician's point of view, and the way these instruments interact with different internal environments.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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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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