Aalto-university School of Science
Department of Computer Science
P.O. Box 15500, FI-00076 Aalto
When I was a young piano student, I must admit that I just hated
matinees. I did not particularly like playing in front of others,
and sitting silently and listening to other children to perform was
utterly boring for me. I guess I just wanted to be outside with
friends doing whatever little boys do. Climbing, playing soccer,
So, during matinees, I needed to somehow pass the time, and basically the only thing to do was to look up and around the walls and the ceiling of the music hall, and to examine the triangular and curved shapes around me. They were fun to look at and like all children do, I wondered why they are like that?
I would never have guessed that, eventually, my dissertation research deals with the acoustics of concert halls. And because looking at, or actually, listening to the shapes and the forms is essentially what acousticians do, the little boy's naive wonderment turned out to be a job! And now that I know why the walls and the ceiling are designed like that, I’m even more fascinated!
Besides concert hall acoustics, my research has been concerned with auralization techniques, that make it possible to reproduce, listen to and compare the acoustics of different rooms as realistically and authentically as possible. Recent years, I have been fortunate to be part of the Virtual Acoustics Research group at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto-university School of Science and to conduct research that has helped to unveil some of the many mysteries of concert hall acoustics.
In the background you can see a photo of the wonderful Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with a glimpse of the loudspeaker orchestra used in our investigations of concert hall acoustics.
And to say, I still do play the piano.
The public defence of my doctoral dissertation will be on the 2nd September 2016 at 12 o'clock at Aalto University TUAS-building hall AS1. Welcome!
The title of the dissertation is:
Multidimensional perception of concert hall acoustics: Studies with the loudspeaker orchestra
and it is available online.
Also check out our most recent publication of descriptive profiling of concert hall acoustics! See the 2nd title below.
Multidimensional perception of concert hall acoustics: Studies with the loudspeaker orchestra, Antti Kuusinen, Doctoral Dissertation, Aalto University School of Science, 2016.
Concert hall acoustics: Repertoire, listening position, and individual taste of the listeners influence the qualitative attributes and preferences , T. Lokki, J. Pätynen, A. Kuusinen, and S. Tervo J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 140(1), 551-562, July 2016 [online] pdf
Investigation of auditory distance perception and preferences in concert halls by using virtual acoustics, A. Kuusinen and T. Lokki, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 138(5), 3148-3159, Nov. 2015 [online] pdf
On studying auditory distance perception in concert halls with multichannel auralizations A. Kuusinen and T. Lokki, DAfx 2015, Nov 30 - Dec 3, Trondheim, Norway
Auditory distance perception in concert halls and the origins of acoustic intimacy A. Kuusinen and T. Lokki, Auditorium Acoustics 2015, 29-31 Oct., Paris, France [ pdf ]
An Anechoic Audio Corpus for Room Acoustics and Related Studies , A. Kuusinen, In Proc. of EAA Joint Symposium on Auralization and Ambisonics., Berlin, Germany, 2014. [online] The Anechoic Audio Corpus can be downloaded as a .zip-file here: AudioCorpus.zip (635 MB)
Relationships between preference ratings, sensory profiles, and acoustical measurements in concert halls, A. Kuusinen, J. Pätynen, S. Tervo, and T. Lokki, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 135(1), 239-250, Jan. 2014 [online]
Design and outcomes of an acoustic data visualization seminar, P. W. Robinson, J. Pätynen, Haapaniemi, A. Kuusinen, A. Leskinen, M. Zan-Bi, and Lokki, T., J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 135(1), EL41-EL46, Jan. 2014.
Interindividual differences in quality judgments and preferences of concert hall acoustics, A. Kuusinen and T. Lokki, In proceedings of International Symposium on Room Acoustics, Toronto, June 2013 [online]
Spatial decomposition method for room impulse responses, S. Tervo, J. Pätynen, A. Kuusinen, and T. Lokki, J. Audio Eng. Soc., vol. 61, no. 1/2, pp. 16-27, 2013.
Disentangling preference ratings of concert hall acoustics using subjective sensory profiles, T. Lokki, J. Pätynen, A. Kuusinen and S. Tervo, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 132(5), Nov. 2012 [online]
Auditory spatial resolution studies in the Helsinki Music Centre, P. Robinson, T. Lokki, A. Kuusinen, J. Pätynen, S. Tervo and L. Savioja, In Internoise, New York, USA, Aug. 19-22. 2012
Concert hall acoustics assessment with individually elicited attributes, T. Lokki, J. Pätynen, A. Kuusinen, H. Vertanen and S. Tervo, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. , 130(2), Aug. 2011 [online]
Assessor selection and behaviour in individual vocabulary profiling of concert hall acoustics, A. Kuusinen, H. Vertanen and T. Lokki, In AES 38th International Conference on Sound Quality Evaluation , Piteå, Sweden, June 13-15. pp. 181-190, 2010 [online]
Perception of Concert Hall Acoustics - Selection and Behaviour of Assessors in a Descriptive Analysis Experiment, A. Kuusinen, Master's thesis , Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, 2011 [online]
Acoustical Society of America Spring 2016 Meeting, Salt Lake City, 23.-27.5.:
Insights from three profiling studies of auralized concert hall acoustics: Support for a three dimensional perceptual space? In this presentation I discussed our individual vocabulary profiling studies with a few observations that reflect our present understanding of the perception of concert hall acoustics.
Auditorium Acoustics 2015, 29-31 Oct., Paris, France:
Auditory distance perception in concert halls and the origins of acoustic intimacy.
Akustiikkapäivät 2015, Kuopio, Finland:
Orkesterin etäisyyden kuuleminen auralisoiduissa konserttisaleissa.
Sensometrics 2014, 29.7 - 1.8, Chicago, USA:
Experiences in individual vocabulary profiling of concert hall acoustics.
International Symposium on Room Acoustics 2013, 9. - 11.6, Toronto, Canada:
Interindividual differences in quality judgments and preferences of concert hall acoustics. pdf
Academy of Finland, Nokia Foundation, Emil Aaltonen's Foundation, Tekniikan Edistämisen säätiö (Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion)