Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition › Scientific
producer and curator of the project Architectural Acoustics at the Durtch design Week:
The entire audience, 1.200 people, of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven in the concert hall will be helping TU/e-scientists with their research during Monday night in the Dutch Design Week. Remy Wenmaekers and Constant Hak explore the effects of the audience and orchestra on the acoustics.
‘Working in acoustics for us means basically working in empty music halls,’ says Remy Wenmaekers. ‘But acoustics are influenced by orchestra and the audience. This is the first time that this effect is being measured.’ The results will eventually enhance the audience’s music experience. Last summer, the scientists from the department of Built Environment, i.e. the Laboratorium voor Akoestiek conducted research on stage acoustics. The results of this research may lead to better working circumstances for musicians, as many of them suffer from hearing damage. For their research, Hak and Wenmaekers use an orchestra of 80 life sized dummies. Music is composed especially for this occasion, and sound- and light artist Edwin van der Heide turns the experiment into a visual experience.
The program offers a lecture by Constant Hak and Ella Braat about the special acoustics of the hall. The history of electronic music in the Philips Pavilion at the World Expo 1958 is the subject of a lecture by Kees Tazelaar from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. And there will be music. At the entrance of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Jeroen van Veen will play two grand pianos. The violin player Piotr Jasiurkowski will demonstrate the acoustics of the hall. Aart Bergwerff plays parts of Canto Ostinato on the organ. Final chord by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven with singer Minyeshu from Ethiopia, soprano Brigitte van Hagen and a choir. In the afterparty: the band junXion.