Investigation of the Blending of Sound in a String Ensemble

Stefanos Ioannoua and Malte Kobb

aHochschule für Musik Detmold
bDetmold University of Music

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 12:20 to 12:40

in Summer Theater

Abstract :
Ensemble sound is a topic where, to date, only little research has been conducted. A fundamental question that still needs to be answered is how many instruments of the same section are required for a group to blend together as an ensemble. As part of the ACTOR project, a violin phrase from Tchaikowsky’s 6th Symphony has been recorded with one, two, three, four, six and ten violins using piezo microphones, spot microphones, a decca tree, room microphones, and a dummy head. Based upon these recordings a listening test was designed, in which participants had to (1) guess the number of violins and (2) state whether the recording sounds like an ensemble. Results reveal that a majority of listeners perceive an ensemble sound for a relatively low number of instruments whereas the number guess task fails for lagern numbers. The microphone location relative to the instruments is of major importance.

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