Optimization of orchestral layouts based on instrument directivity patterns

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Stroud, Nathan Paul
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Braasch, Jonas
Xiang, Ning
Krueger, Ted (Theodore Edward), 1954-
Issue Date
2014-08
Keywords
Architectural sciences
Degree
MS
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Abstract
The experience of hearing an exceptional symphony orchestra perform in an excel- lent concert hall can be profound and moving, causing a level of excitement not often reached for listeners. Romantic period style orchestral music, recognized for validating the use of intense emotion for aesthetic pleasure, was the last significant development in the history of the orchestra. In an age where orchestral popularity is waning, the possibil- ity of evolving the orchestral sound in our modern era exists through the combination of our current understanding of instrument directivity patterns and their interaction with architectural acoustics. With the aid of wave field synthesis (WFS), newly proposed variations on orchestral layouts are tested virtually using a 64-channel WFS array. Each layout is objectively and subjectively compared for determination of which layout could optimize the sound of the orchestra and revitalize the excitement of the performance.
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August 2014
School of Architecture
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School of Architecture
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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