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The Influence of Vibrations on Musical Experience

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The coupled perception of sound and vibration is a well-known phenomenon during live rock and pop concerts. Measurements in concert halls and churches have confirmed that sound can excite perceivable vibrations on the surface of the body even during classical performances. This research explores if vibrations have an influence on the quality of the listening experiences. Therefore, sound and seat vibrations were controlled separately in an audio reproduction scenario. Vibrations were generated from audio recordings using various approaches. Different parameters during this process were examined in relation to their perceptual consequences. It can be concluded that vibrations play a significant role in the perception of music. Real concert halls might benefit from amplifying the vibrations (passively or actively) in the auditorium.

JAES Volume 62 Issue 4 pp. 220-234; April 2014
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