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Systematic Musicology: Empirical and Theoretical Studies

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Edited By Albrecht Schneider and Arne von Ruschkowski

This volume contains articles most of which present empirical studies in the field of systematic musicology. Contributions in particular deal with aspects of melody including modeling and computer-assisted analysis as well as with various issues in sound and music perception, musical acoustics and psychoacoustics. Topics range from loudness perception in ‘Techno’ music to sound radiation in classical singing styles, and from timbre research to wave field synthesis and room acoustics. One focus of this volume is on pop and rock music, another is on ethno and folk music. In addition to empirical investigations, theoretical and methodological issues are addressed including some fundamental concepts in ethnomusicology and folk music scholarship.

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Rolf Bader, Albrecht Schneider: Playing "Live" at the Star-Club: Reconstructing the Room Acoustics of a Famous Music Hall

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185 Rolf Bader Albrecht Schneider Playing "Live" at the Star-Club1: Reconstructing the Room Acoustics of a Famous Music Hall Summary The Star-Club of Hamburg was one of the best-known places for live music that ever existed. Opened in April, 1962, the Star-Club saw rock'n'roll greats from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, and from Little Richard to The Nice and Yes before the venue was closed as a live music hall on December 31st, 1969. After the building had been badly damaged by a fire in 1983, it was completely torn down in 1986. Musicians who had played the Star-Club, and had lauded the venue for its great sound and atmosphere, said that one of the most important places in regard to the history of rock music had been destroyed with no chance ever to reconstruct it. The chance to reconstruct the actual room acoustics came when we talked to musicians who had been on stage in the Star-Club, and who gave us valuable information in addition to source material found in archives. We attempted to reconstruct the Star-Club in every known detail with the aid of the Odeon Room Acoustics software (version 9.1), where the Star-Club was modelled in 3D. Thereby, also reconstruction of sound propagation in the room became possible. At the same time, we recorded some music that had been actually performed in the Star-Club, making use of vintage instruments and amplifiers, in a dry (almost reverberation-free) studio environment. The recordings can be played back in the virtual...

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