Psychomusicology

A Journal of Research in Music Cognition

Influence of Active Listening on Eye Movements While Viewing Images of Concert Halls
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 345-354

Concert hall design is at a crossroads between its origins of unamplified orchestral music and singing, and the forces of popular music, which depend mostly on amplified sound and multimedia accompaniment. Concurrently, there has been a revolution in the way ...

Acoustic Quality, Proximity and Localization In Concert Halls: The Role of Harmonic Phase Alignment
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 339-344

The apparent closeness of a sound source, recently identified by Lokki, P├Ątynen, Kuusinen, and Tervo (2012) as "proximity," has emerged as a primary determinant of preference for the acoustics of concert halls, but no current acoustic measure correlates with it. ...

Perceived Suitability of Reverberation In Large Coupled Volume Concert Halls
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 317-325

Reverberation in coupled volume concert halls can be modified by changing the coupling surface connecting the main hall and the control chamber(s). This study aims at investigating how trained listeners evaluate subtle changes in reverberation of coupled spaces for different ...

Requirement for Low-Frequency Reverberation in Spaces for Music: Part 1 - Smaller Rooms for Different Uses
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 272-281

Low-frequency sound and noise are shown to play a prominent role in generating and propagating music and speech. In smaller rooms, the unavoidable excitation of modal field structures causes masking and Lombard effects, which reduce the clarity of music and ...

Acoustics In Between: Perception of Sound In Rooms beyond Standard Criteria
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 256-271

Most room acoustic parameters are Energy/Time based: "How much sound energy is received during a certain period of time?" These established criteria are founded on a huge amount of knowledge, but fulfilling every criterion will not necessarily secure an excellent ...

Acoustical Quality In Concert Halls as Related to Hall Shape: Shoebox, Surround and Other
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 240-252

This article compares acoustical quality in shoebox, nonshoebox, and surround types of concert halls based on objectively measured differences in the actual sound fields. Many concertgoers report that the average subjective sound quality in these 3 types of halls differs ...

Adjustable Acoustics and Musician Adaptation at the Concert Hall in Aalborg, Denmark
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 236-239

The recently opened Musikkenshus (House of Music) concert hall in Aalborg, Denmark, includes a massive multipiece canopy (reflector) system and other variable acoustic elements designed to tailor the room's acoustic response. This article summarizes how these systems and their adjustment ...

Classical Musicians' Perception of Room Acoustic Conditoins
Psychomusicology (2015) Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 232-235

This article reviews what the author believes to be the most important subjective room acoustic aspects of concern to musicians playing instruments used in classical music. This set of subjective aspects-or subjective parameters-has been formed and is described in the ...