AES Presentation on VSS

Just putting the finishing touches on my presentation for tomorrow’s AES Southern Section Talk in Southampton – full details below.

Southampton Solent University: 9th March, 18:15

The Virtual Singing Studio: A tool for exploring musical performance and interaction through real-time room acoustic simulations.


The Pod, Spark Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton.

Jude Brereton, Audio Lab, Department of Electronics, University of York

The physical characteristics of a music performance venue influence the experience of music for the listener and performing musician alike. Indeed, the acoustic characteristics of the venue will influence not only the perception of music for the listener, but also many of the attributes of the performance itself, since a musician will alter their performance in response to the acoustic feedback they receive from the concert hall.  To facilitate the investigation of the influence of acoustic environments on singing performance, a Virtual Singing Studio (VSS) has been developed which offers an interactive room acoustic simulation in real-time, using established auralisation techniques, which allow a singer to perform in an ordinary room and hear him/herself as if singing in a real performance venue.

This talk will introduce the design and implementation of the VSS and report on results which demonstrated that professional singers rated the room acoustic simulation as highly plausible, and judged it to be authentic in comparison to singing at the real performance venue. It will also outline comparisons of singing performance analysis comparing tempo, vibrato and intonation characteristics of singing in the real and virtual performance spaces.   After the talk, audience members will also be able to try out the Virtual Singing Studio for themselves!

Dr Jude Brereton is a Lecturer (T&S) in Audio and Music Technology, Deparment of Electronics, University of York, and has worked in the department since 2003, when she took her first role as a Research Associate.  She is currently Programme Leader for the MSc in Audio and Music Technology and teaches in the areas of virtual acoustics and auralization, music performance analysis and voice analysis and synthesis on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

Her research centres on the use of virtual reality technology to provide interactive acoustic environments for music performance and analysis, in particular investigating the effect of different room acoustic conditions on how singers perform, using an interactive real-time room acoustics simulation specially developed for singing performance (The Virtual Singing Studio).

The meeting will start from 6:15pm for tea/coffee with a 6:45pm lecture start, and will finish around 8:30pm (including the practical demos).

Both AES/IoA members and non-members are welcome to attend.

We are walking distance from Southampton Central rail station, and parking should be available on site.

For any queries or further information, please contact Chris Barlow:

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