Traditional Brazilian music

A research group of the Musikwissenschaftlichen Instituts der Universität Hamburg under supervision of Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto consisting of the following participants: Dinara Burnasheva, Andrea Eichenberg, Hannes Leuschner, Christoph Dobberstein, Christian Koehn, Henning Albrecht, Florian Heinrich, Gunnar Kornagel, Marcos Lege, Simon Glücklich und Simon Nußbruch. The Music Etnolology Research Group of Music in […]

Smot chanting style of Cambodia

Buddhism, Animism, and Entertainment in Cambodian Melismatic Chanting smot – History and Tonal System Introduction The Cambodian Buddhist Chanting style smot is highly elaborated in terms of melismas and therefore unique to this area of Southeast Asia. As the style in its most sophisticated form needs extensive vocal training and precise knowledge of the correct […]

Paper – Loudness War

The terms “Loudness War“, “Level War“ and “Loudness Race” describe the phenomenon of a constantly growing loudness of CDs containing popular music in the last two decades. The expression “war” indicates that these terms not only describe the phenomenon itself, but also the negative side effects of increasing loudness. The terms have their origin in […]

Loudness – Introduction

The problem of sensation and perception of loudness has to be re-examined in regard of musical stimuli. In psychoacoustics, measurement and scaling of loudness has been pursued on the basis of sounds such as pure tones or notched noise which have little if anything to do with music. As recent reports on hearing loss caused […]

Paper – Subjective audibility of MP3-compression artefacts in practical application

By: Hendrik Böhne, René Gröger, David Hammerschmidt, Robin Helm, David Hoga, Julian Kraus, Jakob Rösch, Christian Sussek This paper aims to assess the audibility of potential quality loss in MP3-compressed files compared to CD quality files (WAV-files), as well as the influence of listening habits on qulatity evaluation. For this study, samples of various musical […]

Musical Encephalography

Musical electroencephalography is a well established field of research helping to understand the processing of musical information about tone and pitch, timbre or musical thought. This quite young field can help us to understand inner musical relations as well as cross-modal interactions between sound and music and vision, movement and thinking. The EEG group at […]

Microphone Array Techniques

Microphone Array Technics are capable to measure * Transient and static sound field measurement * Measurement of vibration of structures and air columns by backpropagation of sound field variables * Description of radiation of instrument in space using backpropagated sound field * Source detection * Surface description * Binaural calculation of diffusion of musical instruments […]

Acoustic of the Hamburg Star-Club

The ‚Star-Club’ of Hamburg is one of the best known places for live music which ever existed. Opened in April, 1962, the ‚Star-Club’ saw rock’n’roll greats from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, and from Little Richard to The Nice and Yes before the venue was closed as a live music hall on december 31st, 1969. […]

Introduction to Physical Modeling

In recent years, many techniques for modelling musical instruments have been proposed, each one offering certain advantages, yet also entailing certain restrictions. In result, specific techniques are suited to deal with different problems. Techniques most widely used include: • Finite-Element Methods (FEM). Here the geometry can be modelled to any desired precision quite easily and […]