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Workshop on Acoustics and the Performance of Music (with Jürgen Meyer)

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This workshop is organized by CIRMMT Research Axis 6 (Expanded Musical Practice) and 1 (Sound Modeling, Acoustics and Signal Processing). It will take place on October 16th, 2009 at McGill University (Multimedia Room, level -2, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West). Registration is free.

  • Research Workshop
When Oct 16, 2009
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where MMR, New Music Building, McGill University (enter via 555 Sherbrooke St. West)
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This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.



Registration is on a first-come first-served basis (35-40 seats):

Workshop on Acoustics and the Performance of Music Registration Form



 This workshop will consist of a morning and afternoon session.  

During the morning session aspects of “Acoustics and the Performance of Music” will be explored. A series of practical demonstrations with expert musicians will allow participants to observe how performers interact with their acoustic environment. Common questions include:

  • How do music performers “play the room”
  • How do they adjust to dry/reverberant acoustics
  • How does the room acoustics influence their performance (tempo choice, sound production, sound projection)
  • Are inspiration and expressivity connected with the way performers interact with the acoustics surrounding them?


The afternoon session will focus on issues related to measuring music instrument radiation directivity.  A 64-channel measurement system recently acquired by the Computational Acoustic Modeling Laboratory of CIRMMT via a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation will be demonstrated and the goals for its use discussed.  We plan to engage Dr. Meyer and other workshop participants in a discussion on such issues as:

  • microphone calibration
  • far-field vs. near-field conditions and results
  • instrument positioning with respect to the microphone array (acoustical centering)
  • inclusion of the performer during measurements
  • stimulus signals for the measurements
  • instrument-specific issues

Preliminary Schedule

  • 10:00 Morning session on the sound of music instruments, performance choices of tempo and expression and the interaction with the room acoustics
  • 12:00 Lunch break (lunch not provided)
  • 14:00 Afternoon session on measuring music instrument directivity



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