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Spaciousness in Music: The Tonmeister's Intention and the Listener’s Perception
Type of publication: Inproceedings
Citation: stirnatziemer
Publication status: Accepted
Booktitle: Second Kling Gut! Symposium
Year: 2017
Month: June
Location: Hamburg
Address: Hamburg
Abstract: Tonmeisters tune the sound of music productions. Besides aspects like spectral balance, loudness and dynamics, spa- ciousness plays an important role. Music of different gen- res tends towards different degrees of spaciousness due to generic aesthetic ideals and practical reasons. In this paper, we compare the degree of spaciousness as intended by the Tonmeister and perceived by the listener. 150 music ex- cerpts from 5 different genres (electronica, classical, jazz, rock and ethno) are analyzed. The Tonmeister’s intention is derived from the literature and from analysis with a go- niometer. The listeners perception is obtained from a lis- tening test with 13 participants. The listening test revealed different adjectives for each genre relating to a spacious perception. We found that general rules as suggested in the literature are barely reflected in the goniometer results or the subjective impressions. Subjective impressions are largely contradictory.
Authors Stirnat, Claudia
Ziemer, Tim