5pAA6. Questionnaire survey on the subjective impression of stage acoustics of European concert halls through the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra Tour.

Session: Friday Afternoon, December 6

Time: 3:35

Author: Yasuhisa Toyota
Location: Nagata Acoustics, Inc., Minami-Shinjuku-Hoshino Bldg. 8F, 5-23-13 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151 Japan


The acoustics of stage space has many more complex factors than that of audience space. It can be studied only through the view of musicians, and its evaluation depends on various factors such as their personality, their educational background, size of ensemble, type of music, conductor, and so on. Therefore, it is too risky to evaluate a stage space from the response of a limited number of musicians. It is desirable to gather objective and subjective data on the acoustics of stage space from as many musicians as possible. Using the opportunity of the Japanese Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra's European Tour in April and May 1996, a questionnaire on acoustical impression of the stages was carried out in seven concert halls in Europe. The questionnaire asking for a total subjective opinion on stage acoustics, was distributed to each orchestra member at each concert hall. The results showed a wide variety of responses, but some tendencies could still be found depending on the concert hall. The detail of the survey will be presented and discussed in the meeting.

ASA 132nd meeting - Hawaii, December 1996