Virtual acoustics and performance spaces in Medieval English Drama

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The relationship between acoustics and medieval theatre has been somewhat neglected. This is most likely a consequence of the fact that medieval theatre was performed making use of structures temporarily assembled in outdoor spaces. However, this does not imply that the space available and the structures used could not have been modified and built with the intention of improving acoustic conditions. The present paper investigates the acoustic characteristics of Stonegate, which is a street in central York that was used for the performance of the York Mystery Plays. This work explores the difficulties faced when carrying out impulse response measurements in public outdoor spaces. Preliminary results gathered through multiple impulse responses are presented. Finally, the initial stages of the design of a computer model of Stonegate are explained.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Acoustics of Ancient Theatres
Place of PublicationPatras, Greece
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2011
EventThe Acoustics of Ancient Theatres - Patras, Greece
Duration: 18 Sept 201121 Sept 2011


ConferenceThe Acoustics of Ancient Theatres

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