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Reverberation and Dereverberation Effect on Byzantine Chants

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Byzantine music is typically monophonic and is characterized by (i) prolonged music phrases and (ii) Byzantine scales that often contain intervals smaller than the Western semitone. As happens with most religious music genres, reverberation is a key element of Byzantine music. Byzantine churches/cathedrals are usually characterized by particularly diffuse fields and very long Reverberation Time (RT) values. In the first part of this work, the perceptual effect of long reverberation on Byzantine music excerpts is investigated. Then, a case where Byzantine music is recorded in non-ideal acoustic conditions is considered. In such scenarios, a sound engineer might require to add artificial reverb on the recordings. Here it is suggested that the step of adding extra reverberation can be preceded by a dereverberation processing to suppress the originally recorded non ideal reverberation. Therefore, in the second part of the paper a subjective test is presented that evaluates the above sound engineering scenario.

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