Music Perception

At the SIM, experimental studies of questions involving the perception of music are a tradition that goes back to Hans-Peter Reinecke, the founder of Department III (then named the Department of Acoustics and Music Psychology) and later the institute’s director. Reinecke examined differences in the perception of live music versus electroacoustically reproduced music as early as the 1970s. This field has become even more relevant and more complex in the age of film and media music.

Two-part picture. On the left, the detail of the membrane of a loudspeaker in black.

On the one hand, electroacoustic music transmission is itself a subject of research, as when scientists examine the influence of different steps in the transmission process on the ways in which music is perceived. But the technology of music transmission can also be an instrument of research, as in virtual reality environments, for example. That technology is a core part of the project Audiovisual Perception of Acoustical Environments. It can also be used to demonstrate musicological knowledge and insights, both visually and acoustically. This is the purpose of the ongoing project Sound & Vision Experience Lab.

Audiovisual Perception of Acoustical Environments

Room with wooden floor and a gallery on columns. On the right in the picture, the head of a test subject from behind.

This project examines the effect of acoustic and optical information on various auditory, visual and audio-visual perceptual features of acoustic environments. more

Sound and Vision Experience Lab (SV_XL)

Drawing showing a metal frame from above with many speakers hanging from it.

In this project, a laboratory for high-quality, interactive rendering of 3D opto-acoustic presentations was designed and built using binaural synthesis, sound field synthesis, stereophony and stereoscopy. more


Dr. Hans-Joachim Maempel

Head of Department III

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