Acoustic scientists seek live audience of 1,200 people

A live audience of 1,200 people is needed for acoustic research, conducted by two scientists of the TUe. On 20 October, Remy Wenmaekers en Constant Hak explore for the first time the effect of the orchestra ánd audience on the acoustics of the main music hall in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

This effect has never been measured before. ‘Working in acoustics for us basically means working in empty music halls,’ says Remy Wenmaekers. ‘But acoustics are influenced by orchestra and the audience.’

The results will eventually enhance the way audiences experience music. Last summer, the scientists conducted research on stage acoustics. With this research, the best spots on stage for musicians can be determined. The results of this research may also lead to better working conditions for musicians on stage, as many of them suffer from hearing damage.

The music is composed especially for this occasion. The test itself takes a few minutes. The experiment is surrounded by music and lectures, all about acoustics and architecture.

And there will be music. At the entrance of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Jeroen van Veen will play two grand pianos. The violin player Piotr Jasiurkowski will demonstrate acoustics while moving through the hall. Aart Bergwerff plays parts of Canto Ostinato on the organ. Composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven strikes a final chord with singer Minyeshu from Ethiopia, soprano Brigitte van Hagen and a choir. In the afterparty: the student band junXion.

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