Pätynen, J., & Lokki, T. (2016). Concert halls with strong and lateral sound increase the emotional impact of orchestra music. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139(3), 1214-1224.
After several studies and hypothesis, the following experiments were made using skin conductance as an objective measure of arousal or emotional impact. This is interesting to correlate with the previous findings – and something i might be able to do soon.
For the listening tests 28 subjects were chosen. They were either music consumers or music professionals.
In the first experiment, they’ve listened to stimuli the following way:
Pilot signal + 15s Silence + 12 Stimuli (each with 15s Silence)
In the second experiment, participants made paired comparisons between two stimuli, and they had to choose the one that produced a higher overall impact on “you”. Impact was described as thrilling, intense, impressing or positively striking. Again, participants could jump seamlessly between stimuli to make the comparison.
Connecting the results with he plants from the rated concert-halls, it was possible to define the following conclusions:
– Halls with rectangular typology have a more impressive sound (because more sounds reverberate from the lateral directions);
– Positions closer to the orchestra were found to elicit stronger emotional responses.
The methodological interest I bring fromt these three studies is the possibility to seamlessly navigate trhough the stimuli in order to make a rating. this, nevertheless, makes a very specific rating, only to that sample.