IJMSTA - Vol. 4 - Issue 1 - January 2022
Investigating the acoustic intersection between sound waves and the experiences of musicians
Authors: Timothy Y. Hsu
Abstract - Imagine a world where there is no sound-this would be the world without the study of acoustics. The study of acoustics has provided a deep understanding in the ways waves propagate and interact with the environment. This talk will link the ways current research in musical and room acoustics affect core experiences of composers, performers, and audiences. The design of musical spaces through is crucial to how music is composed, performed, and experienced. From Mozart's concert halls to modern rooms for electronic music, these design decisions and needs of the musicians can vary widely. Methodology and results from simulating 19th century historical halls will be presented to show the acoustic metrics that Mozart may have experienced in the late 18th century. Other historic and modern cultural gathering places will be presented as well to compare with Mozart's concert halls. Lastly, acousticians face the challenge of controlling the angle, strength, and phase of reflections off of surfaces in their designs. Typically, traditional acoustic products include fiberglass absorbers, resonant absorbers, diffusion panels, and quadratic residue diffusers. Current research explores novel materials and design approaches to absorbers and diffusers. All these research goals will deepen and further the core understanding of room acoustics as it relates to engineering, music, and music technology.
Keywords: Music Technology, Historical Acoustics, Acoustic panels, Sustainable Acoustics